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.
Refine search resultsSkip to search results
. [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: 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.
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.
NP (1789). 8pp. A quite rare evolutionary pamphlet which violently lambasts "sodomites". The writer frames his assault on the "execrable, unworthy race" of bardaches as a "Hymn au Con." ("bardache" was a word implying a male prostitute or catamite.) A number of such pamphlets appeared during this period, including Les Enfants de Sodome à l’Assemblée nationale, which appeared the following year. These vitriolic works were often used as political tools to discredit former elites and to make them appear depraved. See Merrick, Homosexuality in Modern France. Pastorello, La sodomie masculine dans les pamphlets révolutionnaires. Pia Enfer, 1004; Gay-Lemmonyer III, 444. Very good in 1/4 morocco binding, marbled boards and endpapers, light wear to edges. Quite rare.
Paris (1939). An issue of the bi-monthly libertarian newspaper, edited by E. Armand (pen name of Lucien-Ernest June) that advocated for sexual freedom. Contributors included Eugène Bizeau, Madeleine Pelletier and Han Ryner. Included in this issue is a sympathetic article by Jean Boileau entitled "Notes pour une étude sur l'uranisme." Covers a bit yellowed, but otherwise good.
Sao Paulo: Pinacoteca do Estado and Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro (1999). 4to. The controversial photographer's fashionable works, many set in Brazil. Warmly inscribed by the artist to Baron Alexis de Redé, onetime resident of the famed Hotel Lambert in Paris. Very good in decorative wrappers.
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.
Benga (1906-1957) a Senegalese cabaret dancer, who, like his female counterpart Josephine Baker, created a sensation on the Paris stage with his “carnal choreography often set in steamy and distant places". He modeled for numerous works by Tchelitchew, starred in Cocteau's surrealist masterpiece, Le Sang d'un Poète and was photographed by many of the leading photographers of the day. Van Vechten, Carl. (7" x 10"). stamped on verso, with blind stamp on recto.
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 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.
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.
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 good copy in the original printed wrappers, with the original frontispiece photograph of the author, wear to spine and light edgewear. 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.
Oxford: B.H. Blackwell (1892) 100pp. Bourdillon was a prolific poet and served as tutor to the sons of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein at Cumberland Lodge for several years. He published thirteen collections of poetry between 1874 and 1921, as well as single poems and narrative verses, many of them anonymous and privately printed in limited editions. He is best-known today for the short poem “Light” (‘The night has a thousand eyes.”) Many of the poems demonstrate a distinct predeliction for fair haired boys. Very good in original wrappers, light wear, laid in is the prospectus for his Love Lies Bleeding. Rare in commerce.
Charlottenburg (1906). Adolf Brand (1875-1945) was one of the most important and controversial gay activists in pre-War Germany. This publication "of male culture, art and literature" was the most important German gay journal and first appeared in 1896 and continued until 1931. Brand was arrested on several occasions for his outspoken beliefs and many issues of his magazine were routinely confiscated. This copy is Band VI and contains photographs by von Gloeden, artwork by Jaeger, essays by numerous hands, including Sagitta (John Henry MacKay); Otto Kiefer; Peter Hamecher and many others. The illustrations are all tipped onto colored papers and this edition is the only one issued in decorative hardcover bindings. Internally very good, decorative boards a bit worn at head and tale of spine, small closed tear on spine, a few small marks on rear cover, but good otherwise. Two penned signatures on colophon page.