Barcelona: La Vida Literaria (1903?). 95pp. One of a series of pseudo-scientific publications on salacious sexual subjects. This volume includes a bind-bending selection of topics, including sex with animals, "prostitución masculina... la pederastia....los putos de Buenos Aires....etc." Good in rather worn wrappers. Uncommon.
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. [California 1989-1990]. Boy with Arms Akimbo. [California 1989-1900]. A group of material from this anonymous AIDS activist collective working in and around the Bay Area from 1989-1992. Taking a more provocative and confrontational stance than many other activist groups, they used guerilla art tactics to promote a pro-queer-sex message in the wake of Jesse Helms’ 1988 amendment banning federal funding for AIDs education programs. More than 4000 posters (several documented here) were pasted around San Francisco by BWAA and their work spread throughout the country. An early adopter of DIY and anti-copyright aesthetics, the encouraged appropriation of their texts, projects and iconography- including their eponymous logo. As the Queer Cultural Center noted when they included BWAA in their 2011 Queer it Yourself exhibition: “The group also welcomed and documented the informal contributions of passerby who improved, defaced or otherwise modified its street graphics.” Included are: Sheet of 10 “Sex is /Just Sex” stickers; One 57.7 x 43 cm poster for a Canadian Micah Lexier exhibition poster on newsprint prominently reproducing the Boy With Arms Akimbo motif; Five double weight gelatin BW photographs, one 10” x 8” , the others 16” x 20” (with one duplicate, but processed at a different exposure with different parts of detail shown) all showing various interventions at (and on) the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco; A small (12pp) 16mo. Xerographically reproduced pamphlet Boy with Arms Akimbo: His Story (San Francisco: Healing Tales 1989).
Paris: Jules Gay (1861). 78pp. The first appearance in French of this disquisition on the authorship and history of infamous pederastic treatise, Alcibiade fanciullo a scola. The publisher, Jules Gay, issued the rare text in Italian and in French several years later and was condemned for the book in 1868. The present edition was translated by M. Gustav Brunet, who has added a "postface" and notes containing a vast amount of material on the subject of pederasty and sodomy. Ashbee (Index) 29. Not listed in Pia. One of 254 numbered copies (#7). Uncommon. A good copy in contemporary 1/2 leather boards with decorative spine and marbled endpapers, front and rear hinges cracked, small portion of lower spine missing. Uncommon.
Amsterdam: F. van Rossen (1908). 78pp. Aletrino was a prolific Dutch writer and a lecturer on criminal anthropology in Amsterdam and was one of the earliest Dutch advocates of homosexual rights, widely respected in his field. In 1903 he visited Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin and discusses his observations in Hermaphrodisie en uranisme. See Bleys, The Geography of Perversion: Male-To-Male Sexual Behavior Outside the West. Very god in original wrappers, small signature on front cover, light sunning to edges, light spotting to foredge.
Berlin: Fischer (1895). The first edition of this cult classic (The Garden of Knowledge"), published when the author was only 19 years old. Leopold von Andrian zu Werburg (1875–1951) was an Austrian noblemen and the largely autobiographical novel tells the story of a young noblemen struggling with his homosexuality. Andrian's novel crystalizes the crisis of identity experienced by Austrian artists and intellectuals at the fin de siècle and was admired by Hugo von Hoffmanstahl and Stefan George. A very good copy in original wrappers, covers lightly worn and browned.
Dresden: E. Piersons Verlag (1901). 161pp. An early German novel with a strong undercurrent of homosexuality, wherein the protagonist strives for "high ideals" and exaggeratedly rejects females "before it degenerates into unnatural passion". Baron Baillou published several books on esthetics and philosophy, but is largely unknown. Very god in contemporary marbled boards, wear and short tears to linen spine. Quite rare.
Paris: Collection Précieuse (ND). 222pp. Another of Bandol's novels about modern sexual vices, with gay and lesbian content. Colorful frontispiece illustration seven additional un-attributed drawings in the text. The "Librairie Précieuse " sticker appears on the title page and spine covering the Librairie Artistique imprint, although the page counts on the two editions is not the same. Very good in original wrappers, wear to spine and covers and some pages roughly opened. Uncommon.
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 6.5" x 9" 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.
Repentigny, Québec: Amis du signe de piste (1976-1978). Three issues of the Canadian periodical published for "des amis du Signe de Piste." Numerous photographs of boy scouts, artwork by Pierre Joubert, assorted article son scouting activities. Available are issues: 1, 15 and 28 (this issue has a notation that it is actually #30). Very good in decorative covers.
Lisbao: Olisipo (1922). The second edition of these controversial poems, many of which are explicitly homosexual in content and which created a furor when published in this ediiton. The previous year, Botto had published the first edition of the poems, which were largely ignored until his friend Fernando Pessoa issued the present edition under his Olisipo imprint and publicly praised the poems. Conservatives reacted strongly against the poems, calling them "sodom's literature" and the book was banned by the authorities in 1923. Catholic college students clamored for a burning of the book, but Botto refused to apologize for his work. Botto was openly homosexual throughout his life and later struggled to survive by writing children's books and short essays. Pessoa, Portugal's pre-eminent modernist literary figure, considered Botto the only Portuguese poet worthy of the label "aesthete" and, as a critic and publisher, championed his work. Pessoa translated the poems into English, which were eventually published in 1948 (see below). To publicize the book, Pessoa wrote a provocative article, published in the journal Comtemporânea, (see below) praising the author’s courage and sincerity for shamelessly singing homosexual love as a true aesthete. Pessoa's article prompted the critic Alvaro Maia to excoriate Botto’s work, which was then followed by another article by Raul Leal (an openly homosexual writer, friend of Pessoa). Conservatives reacted and complained to the authorities about the work’s immorality ("Sodom's literature") and the book was confiscated by the authorities in 1923. The Liga de Acção dos Estudantes de Lisboa [Lisbon Students Action League], a Catholic college students group (lead by Pedro Teotónio Pereira) clamored for an auto-da-fé of Botto's book and someone even suggested the author should be hanged. Nevertheless, most artists and intellectuals promptly took up his defence in several polemic articles. Eventually, the scandal subsided, the next year the ban was lifted and until the end of his life Botto would publish several revised versions of the book. His work was applauded by Antonio Machado, Miguel de Unamuno, Camilo Pessanha, Virginia Woolf, Teixeira de Pascoaes, José Régio, Luigi Pirandello, Stefan Zweig, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce and Federico García Lorca. A very good copy in the original printed wrappers, with the original frontispiece photograph of the author, bound in later marbled boards. A laudatory review of Botto's work by Jayme de Balsemão appears at the end of the book. His work has been widely praised by fellow writers, including James Joyce among others. See also, Leal, Sodoma Divinisada, (see below) which praises Botto's courage for writing about gay subjects.