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.
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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.
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. This is an original painting on board, which is signed by the artist in pencil (lower right corner) and dated 1980.
Boston [c. 1966]. 179pp. 4to. Baxt's first mystery novel, and the first novel featuring the detective, Pharoah Love (the first African-American gay detective). This novel was critically acclaimed at the time for its honest portrayal of LGBTQ characters and situations. The author's working carbon copy, annotated by him throughout. Inscribed by Baxt on the title-leaf to Otto Penzler: "Dear Otto!/the best + many/thanks to you and/Caroline-/George Baxt/This is my working/copy - top copy at/Boston University - /GB". Additionally, Baxt has crossed out the original title ( Dead Cat) and has hand-printed the final title, and has written "Final/title!!" beneath it. Text on rectos only. The first few and final few leaves have marginal chipping and short tears, paper-clip markings on the title-leaf. Some occasional creasing and thumb-soiling. Housed in a lightly worn custom chemise and slipcase.
Two small photographs, one of Sylvia Beach and her longtime lover, Adrienne Monnier seated outside in a country setting ( "inked "49" on verso) and another of Beach's country retreat with a penned notation at bottom: "chalet de Sylvia Les Déserts Savoie". The latter is worn at edges with small loss at corners. Along with the following material: A membership card to the Société des Amis de Léon-Paul Fargue (dated 1950) with the inscribed name of Beach and her bookstore address (likely in her own hand); a folded invitation bearing Beach's name, inviting her to attend an exhibition of the work of Fargue on the 5th anniversary of his death; a publicity card for an Hommage a Léon-Paul Fargue; a copy of Correspondence Revue (dec., 1928) containing the essay "Le Théatre Élisabéthain" which pears a notation in the hand of Mauirice Saillet, along with her signature on first page.
An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont memorializing a party given by Lady Deterding at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz. Present at the gathering and memorialized in the montage are Greta Garbo, Etienne de Beaumont, Mimi Pecci-Blunt, Madame Visconti, G. Ortiz Patino, N de Gunsburg, B. de Broglie, Carlos de Beistegui and many others. Lady Lydia Pavlovna Koudeyaroff Deterding was a wealthy heiress who spent most of her time buying jewelry and holding such soirees with the jet set of the day. Although undated, this work appears to date to the 1920s and bears an inscription on the verso in the hand of de Beaumont, indicating some of those present. The numerous photographs were each excised from larger images and laid onto a larger photograph of snow capped mountains in the distance. The image is 14.5" x 11.5" and is framed and matted (19" x 22.5"). On the (separately mounted) verso are several holograph inscriptions: "St. Moritz, fete donee par Lady Deterding; Greta Garbo, E. de Beaumont, G. Ortiz (?), N de Gainsbourg (?), Duke de Valembrose (?); C de Broglie, Mimi Percy Blount (?), Madam Visconti et Nadina Graherne (Visconti).....Collage de Comte Etienne de Beaumont offert par Merin de Beaumont...." An original photo-montage created by Comte Etienne de Beaumont memorializing a party given by Lady Deterding at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz. Present at the gathering and memorialized in the montage are Greta Garbo, Etienne de Beaumont, Mimi Pecci-Blunt, Madame Visconti, G. Ortiz Patino, N de Gunsburg, B. de Broglie, Carlos de Beistegui and many others. Lady Lydia Pavlovna Koudeyaroff Deterding was a wealthy heiress who spent most of her time buying jewelry and holding such soirees with the jet set of the day. Although undated, this work appears to date to the 1920s and bears an inscription on the verso in the hand of de Beaumont, indicating some of those present. The numerous photographs were each excised from larger images and laid onto a larger photograph of snow capped mountains in the distance. The image is 14.5" x 11.5" and is framed and matted (19" x 22.5"). On the (separately mounted) verso are several holograph inscriptions: "St. Moritz, fete donee par Lady Deterding; Greta Garbo, E. de Beaumont, G. Ortiz (?), N de Gainsbourg (?), Duke de Valembrose (?); C de Broglie, Mimi Percy Blount (?), Madam Visconti et Nadina Graherne (Visconti).....Collage de Comte Etienne de Beaumont offert par Merin de Beaumont...." Comte Etienne de Beaumont (1883-1956), a leading figure in Parisian society, was famous for his elaborate and extravagant parties and masquerade balls. He hired many of the leading avant-garde artists to decorate his apartment and garden for these events, and designed many of the masquerade outfits himself. Entrances were orchestrated and music and dances were composed and choreographed specifically for each evening. Beaumont was a generous patron and passionate about the arts. In 1918, he staged Paris’s first jazz performances using black American soldiers. In 1920, he assisted Jean Cocteau to stage Le Boeuf sur le toit, a theatrical event that incorporated circus elements. Before the First World War Beaumont and his wife Edith financed avant-garde films and ballets and later founded L’Association Franco-Américaine. In 1924, the writer Raymond Radiguet based the main character in his second novel, Le Bal du Comte d’Orgel (The ball of the Count d’Orgel), on Beaumont. With the assistance of Cocteau and Léonide Massine, Beaumont presented the Soirées de Paris at the Théâtre de la Cigale in Montmartre, Paris. The season, from 17 May to 30 June 1924, combined ballet performances with poetry and theatre. Beaumont designed for one of these ballets, Le Beau Danube. Following this Beaumont went on to produce designs for Colonel de Basil’s ballet productions Scuola di Ballo (1934) and Les Imaginaires (1934), and for the re-staging of Le Beau Danube in 1940.
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 in original wrappers, light wear, uncut. A rare publication comprised of the relevant portion of the 1902 Rollin & Feuardent sale catalogue of Meyer’s fine collection of French coins, combined with a long preface. The Avant-Propos details de Bestegui’s acquisition en bloc of this outstanding collection of 717 coins and 428 medals of Alsace, a particular specialty of Meyer’s, shortly before the sale date, and its subsequent donation to the Bibliothèque Nationale.
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 8.5" x 7" 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.
Paris: Bibliothèque Internationale d’Édition (1909). An uncommon collection of 43 short essays and poetry about young men from around the world, which has variously been attributed to Gide, Pierre Loti and several others. According to Robert Aldrich in Colonialism and Homosexuality, “The book satirizes and perpetuates European erotic images of the East in the style of soft-core pornography and sums up European homosexual fantasies about foreign lands.” Very good in original wrappers, light creasing to spine. One of 300 numbered copies (#136) Pia 435. $500.