London: Kegan Paul Trench (1908). The first of a dozen books of verse by the Uranian poet written while he was acting as curate at a Protestant church in Paris. He was at the vanguard of the "aristocracy of comradeship" philosophy which held sway amongst many of his fellow Uranian poets. Very good in blue boards, bookplate, small penned signature, spine a little dulled. The title page bears a "presentation copy" stamp. Murray's List 13.
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New Zealand (2012). 206pp. Hardcover. A collection of 230 photographs by Robert Gant, an English immigrant in New Zealand, an amateur photographer and a lover of men. Manly Affections takes us into Gant’s world of small town New Zealand between 1885 and 1915. What happened when an artistic ‘new chum’ and his camera met the rugby- and cricket-playing locals is revealed in this impressively produced bok. Very good in very good jacket.
Hartford: Privately Printed (1925). Hardcover. Of an edition of 99 numbered copies, this example is one of an unknown number of special lettered copies, initialed by the editor with the notation "To Aid Britain". A near fine copy in 1/4 vellum and purple paper boards, bookplate of Anthony Reid (by Ralph Chubb) on front pastedown, light wear to corners. A lovely copy of an uncommon book.
London: Heineman (1958). Tales of travels in India by the inveterate traveller and writer. This copy is inscribed by the author (who discovered it in Calcutta in 1974). Cameron has been described as “the aesthete’s aesthete” and, along with his mother (Enid, Countess of Kenmare, aka “The Lady Who Killed All Her Husbands) were well known in society circles. Very good in blue boards, effaced inscription on endpaper, slightly dusty with occasional foxing.
New York: Antinous Press (2007). 4to. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Beautifully presented collection of color photographs and artwork by the French artist, whose work remains largely unknown. The images are primarily of male nudes, many in outdoor settings, with surrealistic imagery. Introduction by David Deiss.
London (1699). 31pp. 8vo. A record of the famous Castlehaven sodomy trial in 1631. The 2nd Earl of Castlehaven was convicted of abetting the rape of his wife and of committing sodomy with his male servants and the trial was a spectacular sex scandal, resulting in the execution of Castlehaven and his servants. Light age yellowing, occasional spotting, 3 leaves trimmed, evident glue stain from repair at gutter throughout, modern blue cloth, new endpapers, a little rubbed. Bookseller's description tipped on to rear pastedown (from 1948).
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.
Leipzig: Verlag von Max Spohr (1900) 184pp. Published originally in French in 1899 (l'Amour Libre), this German edition was published by Max Spohr, publisher of Magnus Hirschfeld and numerous other anarchist and progressive causes. Daudet was a printer, journalist, militant antimilitarist who was imprisoned for his political and social beliefs and the author of numerous texts.
Paris: Offenstadt (1904). 232pp. One of a series of sensational books by the good doctor, who describes in details assorted sexual practices in ""les pays chauds". With 25 illustrations of assorted females in various louche activities. Very good in original wrappers, some spotting throughout, covers lightly worn. Uncommon.
Paris: Stock (1923). sm. 4to. The first illustrated edition of this classic work, originally published a year earlier. One of 419 numbered copies on Lafuma with 22 drawings by the author, eleven of which are hand colored. A good copy in lightly tanned wrappers, spine slightly cracked, but a sound copy, housed in a board slipcase.
Paris: Éditions Briant-Robert (1926). 4to. One of Cocteau's more interesting books, consisting of thirty-one line drawings composed while he was undergoing de-toxification for his longtime addiction to opium. The drawings are often surreal images depicting himself, sailors and dream images that are among his best work. Despite the limitation of 500 copies, the book is quite uncommon. One of an edition of 150 numbered copies on Hollande, signed by the author on the colophon. A near fine copy in original wrappers laid into a custom slipcase.
Barcelona: Imprenta Henrich (1904). An exhaustive three volume survey of differences among Latin and Anglo-Saxon countries, with particular emphasis on the author's perception of "decadence." Of interest is a discussion of Oscar Wilde and other controversial individuals. Good in red cloth boards, spine a bit dulled and boards a bit marked.
A very iconic photograph of the eccentric bohemian, taked at the Capri home of Islay Lyons and Kenneth Macpherson (and Norman Douglas). Cunard sports one of her famed ivory bracelets and creative hair nets. One of a series taken by Lyons at the same luncheon and likely the last time that they spent time together. Vintage photograph from the estate of Islay Lyons.