Barcelona: La Vida Literaria (1903?). 95pp. Six issues of a series dedicated to an assortment of pseudo-scientific examinations of sexual subjects. In addition to explanations of the causes of impotency, uses of aphrodisiacs, prohibited sexual positions and problems associated with celibacy, two issues include an extensive analysis of homosexuality: "diferencias entre el pederasta y el homosexual.-el amor homosexual en Francia- una practica repugnante de los Templarios-la pederasta en Turquia....sodomia en Italia, China....un defensor de los pederastas." Generally very good in lightly worn wrappers, some browning to covers. The series resembles that produced in Paris around the same time by the Librairie des connaissances médicales.
Paris: En vente chez tous les libraires, [1907-1911]. The quite rare first edition of this gay erotic novel, which had a political dimension in advocating freedom of sexual expression- "Qu’autrui nous laisse donc jouir en paix et qu’il jouisse lui-même en toute tranquillité..." Very good in marbled boards, wear at edges, wrappers not present. Quite rare, only three institutional copies noted. Perceau 296; Pia Enfer, 604; Dutel 398.
NP: ND (1931). This important and explicit gay novel about the love between two men appeared anonymously in 1931 in a small edition of only 90 numbered copies (this is #27). The author, a close friend of André Gide, lived in Carcasonne for most of his life and published several other books of poetry, but this work is his rarest and most explicit. Published by the famed publisher of erotic texts, René Bonnel, and with an explicit engraved frontispiece by the Catalan artist Pere Créixams, the work has been described as one of the great treasures of erotic literature. Quite rare, with the original erotic frontispiece laid in. A near fine copy in green wrappers. Pia 1283.
Alexandrie: ND [Bruxelles, Gay et Doucé c. 1878]. 222pp. Soft cover. The first edtion of this controversial text about the love of a priest for a fifteen year-old acolyte. Published clandestinely, little is known about the publisher or even the actual date of publication. One of fifty copies of the tête de l'edition, of a total edition of 500 copies. Very good in blue wrappers which are edgeworn with small chips, spine very good, pages uncut. Quite rarePerceau 46-1. Kearney, Jules and Jean Gay, 264. Gay l. II, 809. ------.
Bruxelles (1942). 131pp. sm. 4to. A curiously uncommon edition of this erotic classic, illustrated with ten explicit images and eight chapter drawings, several of which are explicitly homosexual. One of 500 numbered copies, very good in wrappers, chemise and slipcase, which has some light cracking. The edition was issued for "subscribers only" but we can find, nor any indication of the identity of the illustrator. Apollinaire published the work in 1907, a fictional story of the Romanian hospodar Prince Vibescu Mony, in which the author explores all aspects of sexuality. The book has remained in print since its publication and has been translated into many languages. Dutel 2109.
Paris: Lys rouge (1925). lg. 4to., 76pp. One of Jean Auscher's large quarto volumes illustrating the night life and dark side of Paris in the 1920s. An attractively produced volume printed by François Bernouard with ten provocatively decadent etchings by Auscher. This volume ("Bitterness") is a particularly brutal portrayal of drug addicts, drug addicts, "perverts" and other demimonde characters. One of 300 copies.
Bergamo: Lubrina (1997). 295pp. The first Italian translation of this gay classic, originally published in Danish in 1904 and later adapted to film and the stage. Much admired by Thomas Mann and Alfred Hitchcock the 1924 film is considered an important early work in gay silent cinema. Brilliantly illustrated by Mirando Haz, this is one of 200 special signed and numbered copies with an original signed etching by the illustrator. Near fine in paper slipcase.
[Place of publication not identified] A. Barney [189-?]. 27pp. Alice Pike Barney (born Alice Pike; 1857–1931) was an American painter. She was active in Washington, D.C. and worked to make Washington into a center of the arts. Her two daughters were the writer and salon hostess Natalie Clifford Barney and the Bahá'í writer Laura Clifford Barney. Very good in original sewn wrappers, some damp staining to covers, but internally very good. Undoubtedly an edition paid for by the author and not for sale. Quite rare.
The artist, a bi-sexual Englishman, was one of the more prominent purveyors of nude male magazines and photographs in the post-war period, some of which earned him time in prison. He published magazines such as "Man to Man" and "Golden Boys" and assorted others, but he also self-published several books with more serious allusions, such as the "Superb Youth," series which attempt to cross the line into more conventional "artist's books." Notwithstanding this pretense, the books contain a wealth of well-endowed and quite attractive young men in assorted provocative poses. This profile portrait on “scraper board” measures 15.25” x 12”, signed “JB ’59” at lower left, a few light surface cracks.
San Francisco: Running Elk (1966). A collection of forty-two homoerotic linoleum block illustrations by the Beat painter, Rick Barton and printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem Press on fine rag paper. The book was finished several months before Barton went blind in one eye and is a testament to his great talents as a creative artist. Some of the images portray his circle of friends, including his onetime lover Kenneth Anger, his publisher Harold La Vigne and his assistant David Nelson. The linocuts are printed on individual sheets and laid into a paper portfolio, signed by Barton and Nelson on the title page. The edition is one of 100 numbered copies. A very good copy in original brown wrappers.
Paris: Rollin et Feuardent (1902). 8vo. 32 plates. A quite rare catalog of coins and medals donated by Carlos de Beistegui to the French state. Beistegui assembled another collection later in life, also donated to the French state. Very good, but covers browned and spotted, stamps of the Encyclopédie Bénedictine throughout. Inscribed by Beistegui on front endpaper. Rare.
Bourgoint and his sister were immortalized in Cocteau's classic Les Enfants Terribles as the troubled siblings whose relationship ended in disaster. Bourgoint was a member of Cocteau's close circle of friends, which included Berard, Maurice Sachs, Rene; Crevel and assorted others, many of whom were frequent users of opium. He later befriended Jacques Maritain and eventually settled in Cameroun, where he worked in a leper colony. The image is approximately 7" x 11" and is in very good condition and bears the Bourgoint ownership stamp. Although unsigned by Berard, the images is one of a series by the artist assembled by Bourgoint and sold in Paris in 1966. Henri Sauguet wrote at that time: "Bourgoint, a vingt ans...etait l'ami de Christian Berard et de Cocteau, qui s'inspire de sa vie pour "Les Enfants Terribles." Il se lie d'amitie avec Sauguet, Maritain, Crevel, Benoist-Mechin, d'Astier de La Vigerie, Maurice Sachs, Jean Hugo, tout l'entourage de Cocteau l'accueille, le fete. Il dessine beaucoup, puis soudain, il abandonne Paris, passe un temps a la campagne chez Jean Hugo, puis en 1947, entre la Trappe de Citeaux, d'ou il part en Afrique soigner les lepreux. C'est au milieu d'eux qu'il vient mourir. Cette collection est emouvante on y trouve...un ensemble tres important de Berard.
London: Chester (1922). 16pp. One of a series of short essays on composers, published by J. & W. Chester, Ltd. This example includes both and English and French version of the essay and includes several illustrations and a photographic frontispiece of Berners. Very good in stapled wrappers, covers lightly browned with a "With Compliments" stamp on cover. Quite uncommon.
London/ Brighton.: J. & W. Chester Ltd., 1919, (2),22,(3)p. The eccentric British peer's first published musical compositions,which had received their premiere under Goosens in Manchester in March 1919. Dedicated to the avant-garde Russian painter Mikhail Larionov, the score contains four lithographs by the artist, along with a cover illustration. Berner's musical works have received acclaim in recent years and have been republished and performed. A good copy of a scarce work, covers foxed and browned, spine worn, wrappers have been professionally reinforced at the gutters, edgewear, internally very good, lithographs very good with only light edewear.
London (1913). "A tale of frolic, sport and mystery at public school" illustrated by the author. Coke used this pen name for several works on public school life, and this is perhaps his most uncommon work. Very good in boards, with the ownership signature of the former Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon on front endpaper.
NP: ND (1948). 171pp. The first appearance in English of Botto's celebrated work, translated by his friend Fernando Pessoa in 1933, but first published in this edition. Botto had moved to Brazil in 1947 and attempted to support himself with his writings, but struggled financially. He may have financed the production of the book himself, as it bears no indication of a publisher. There is no indication of the size of this printing, but it was undoubtedly small and the book is quite rare. There are several simple line drawings illustrating the text, including the frontispiece, which are in the style of Almada Negreiros. Very good in original lightly spotted wrappers, spine a bit browned, mild edge-spotting.
Paris: Aux Éditions du Scorpion (1947). 1st Edition. The first edition of this collection of homoerotic drawings loosely constructed around the Oedipus theme. Very good in wrappers, sheets are unbound, slight loss to head of spine. Warmly inscribed with a small design by the author in the year of publication. One of the short vignettes (#3) is missing from this copy.