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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.
Amsterdam: E. van Harrevelt (1771). 256pp. An early French edition of this very influential book on the reformation of the penal system, originally published in Italian. Beccaria was a professor of law and economics in Milan and argued persuasively that the "gravity of a crime should be measured by its injury to society and that the penalties should be related to this." He denounced the use of capital punishment and torture and the book became a profound success in the field of criminology and was translated into twenty-two languages. He deals with a number of specific crimes and discusses laws against pederasty (homosexuality) and other sexually based offenses. This is the third edition and the first to appear with the introduction by Voltaire. Very good in contemporary paper boards, spine cracking a bit, handwritten spine label, See Printing and the Mind of Man @209. Uncommon.
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.
Paris: Imp. de Vaugirard (1920). 32pp. Carlos de Beistegui e Yturbe (1895-1970) was an eccentric French-born Mexican multi-millionaire art collector and interior decorator who was one of the most flamboyant characters of mid-20th-century European life. His ball at the Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951 is still described as "the party of the century". This is a record of his trip to China with his brother in the previous year. Very good in buff wrappers, light sunning to covers.
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.
Paris: Galeries Durand-Ruel (1910). 8pp. The catalog for Brooks' first exhibition, which included 13 works and established her reputation as an artist in Paris. The catalog contains and effusive essay by Roger Marx, one of the foremost critics of his day and a proponent of the avant-garde. Quite rare.
London: Arthur C. Fifield (1905). An Inquiry into the causes and treatment of crime and criminals. Warmly inscribed by Carpenter to George Ives on the front endpaper in the year of publication. The book is heavily annotated by Ives throughout and bears a notation on endpaper: "Where is the work of which this is only the fore runner?" This comment pressages Ives' own decision to publish "A History of Penal Methods" in 1914. Very good in red boards, slight bumped, a little foxing to endpapers. 1905. 153,  pages; publisher's advertisements to last 7 pages. 8vo, original rose cloth, front board with title and border stamped in black, gilt-stamped spine. Inscribed by Carpenter: "To George Ives / in friendship from / E.C." dated March 1905 and penciled note beneath: "Whose is the work of which this is only the fore-runner?" First and only English Edition. Inscribed by the "Gay Godfather of the British Left" to a fellow activist. Carpenter was an English writer, reformer and lifelong advocate of gay liberation. Disenchanted with what he perceived as the hypocrisy of Victorian society, he abandoned his life in Cambridge as a scholar and cleric and moved to northern England. Referred to by many in recent years as "the gay godfather of the British left," Carpenter's radical politics and open relationship with his partner George Merrill influenced many activists and writers, including E.M. Forster, whose visit to the couple in 1913 inspired his novel "Maurice."
Capri: Le Pagine Dell'Isola (ND). 23pp. An illustrated history of Capri by its most famous historian. Printed letterpress with several woodcut illustrations and photographs. Particular emphasis on the myths of the island and an extended discussion of Tiberius and Augustus. Very good in illustrated wrappers. Laid in is a large folded map of the island.
NP: . 139pp. The author's most important and controversial gay novel, originally issued in three separate stages, this is the first edition of the complete text ("version integral") André Gide described his writing as “a bizarre delight” and there is a printed quotation from Gide on the half-title. Considered by many to be among France's greatest underground writers, his works have been widely re-issued in recent years. After years of wandering, Augiéras died in a hospice in 1971 at the age of forty-six. Very good in lightly browned wrappers. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Uncommon.
Paris: Édition de Pan (1910). Soft cover. A short collection of poems by the French esthete, who befriended many in symbolist circles and founded the literary journal Pan: Revue Libre, which published a number of his contemporaries, including Jacques d'Adelswärd Fersen and Achille Essebac. Very good in original wrappers, lightly browned, Inscribed by the author, along with 2 ALS by the author on Pan letterhead, along with a printed obituary written by his friend Marcel Rieu (see below).