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.
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Washington: Guild Press (1966). One of the milestones of modern gay literature–a "Dante journey into a dark and underground world that may shock or repel, but will surely fascinate." (from dust jacket blurb). A good copy in good dust jacket by Etienne, with closed tears, small chip at edges, some water staining to verso of jacket, light water stain to rear paste down, offsetting to front endpaper, internally quite good.
[Paris 1899].16pp. The Victorian-era erotic pamphlet detailing the exploits of twelve year old Maud and her incestuous relationship with her father. The tale is set on a Southern plantation with twelve slaves, some of whom are eventually led into the erotic entanglements of young Maud. The story ends with her father engaged in carnal intercourse with her and one of the male slaves simultaneously. Very good in original pale green wrappers, light sunning to edges. The work is quite rare, with no institutional copies and only a passing reference [P35] in Mendes (Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English 1800-1930: A Bibliographical Study).
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 (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.
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.
København: Gyldendal (1904). 379pp. The only overtly gay novel written by the highly regarded Danish writer, a leading European impressionist writer of the period. Bang was openly gay, a fact which contributed to his isolation in the cultural life of Denmark and made him the victim of smear campaigns. The book was adapted to the screen in 1902 and again in 1924, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Very good in contemporary marbled boards. Quite rare.
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.
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.
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. A very good example of his work, some wear to edges and paper, but very good otherwise. Unsigned.
London: Barrington (1970-71). Issues 1-4 of this short-lived publication, each limited to 250 copies. Barrington had been imprisoned for publishing pornography in the 1960s and issued these publications in a more limited way in order to avoid legal problems. Each issue contains images of male nudes printed on Barrington's lithography machine, bound in blue stapled wrappers. See Smith, Physique: The Life of John S. Barrington @184. Uncommon.
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.
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.
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.
NP: Aux dépens d'un amateur (1923) . 163pp. Beranger's erotic poetry is presented with 16 quite explicit hand-colored engravings, several of which are explicitly homoerotic. One of 250 numbered copies on vélin blanc de Montgolfier. Although not mentioned, the artist is Virot. An uncommon and outstanding book of erotic imagery. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to head and tail of spine. Pia 202. Dutel 1193.
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.
London: Mandrake Press (1929). 4to. 164pp. Hardcover. Reprinted from teh original English edition with an Introduction by KH Josling and numerous color illustrations by M. Leone. One of 550 numbered copies. Bound in full green parchment, all edges gilt, cover gilt design. A Lovely copy with sunning to spine.