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Amsterdam and Paris: Aux depens d'une Socièté d'Amateurs [Marcel Seheur]. (1936). This uncommon and controversial text on pederasty bears an introduction by "Bramatos." The illustrations however are missing in this copy. Pia 12. One of 250 hand numbered copies, this example #26. Very good in original salmon colored wrappers and contemporary 3/4 leather binding. Quite 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.
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.
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 very good copy in good dust jacket by Etienne, with closed tears, small chip at edges, light rubbing to covers and spine.
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.
Paris: La Renaissance du livre . 173pp. A collection of short prose works by the author of the highly regarded gay novel, Platoniquement, with a preface by Maurice Rostand. The author (1898-1927) was one of the principal collaborators with Fersen in his review Akademos and also the short-lived review Inversions. His legacy is maintained today by an association of the friends of Axieros, who publish a gay cultural magazine, Inverses: littératures, arts, homosexualités. Good in rather worn paper boards, occasional light spotting, one endpaper neatly excised. Quite uncommon.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Wiesbaden Tirana Verl. (1952). 64pp. Uncommon post-War auotobiographical novel dealing with his homosexuality during the war See Hergemoller, Mann für Mann, Biographisches Lexikon zur Geschichte von Freundesliebe und männlicher Sexualität im deutschen Sprachraum, Hamburg 1998 @123-24. Very good in wrappers, light browning to cover.
Privately Printed . This notorious story about a priest's infatuation with a young acolyte that ends in mutual suicide was originally published in the short-lived homosexual magazine The Chameleon. The story raised a public furor during Oscar Wilde's trial because of his association with the magazine and the piece was labeled "garbage and offal" by his critics. The prosecutor in the trial referred to it as "in essence, a teaching of sodomitical practices." Although there is no colophon, the edition of the present volume is reputed to be 50 copies only for private circulation. The book was published by Leonard Smithers according to Nelson (Publisher to the Decadents @ 350) wherein he places the actual publication date at 1905. Mendes 170, Ellmann 403-4, Murray's List 171. Very good in original buff wrappers, some cracking and loss to spine, a bit of edge wear, but a nice copy.
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.
[London?] : Privately printed (1899). 28pp. Two dozen poems written by various members of the Brett clan, including several by Reginald Baliol Brett, Viscount Esher. Esher had been a student of William Johnson (later Cory) at Eton and author of the Uranian collection of poetry entitled Foam. Bound in a dark green crust levant binding by Riviere; stamped in gold on spine; top edge gilt and trimmed, spine a bit dulled, light browning to first page. Undoubtedly a vanity publication intended for friends of the family, no limitation given.
London: Cassell (1933). Uncommon and influential novel that traces several generations of a family’s life on land in nineteenth-century Ohio. Bromfield traces the interactions between the MacDougals, their neighbours, the nearby town, and the land itself. Very good, rebound in 3/4 leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Inscribed by the author to the socialite Audrey Pleydell Bouverie on endpaper. Bookplate of of Bouverie by Rex Whistler on front endpaper.