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Buenos Aires: Privately Printed (1959). A collection of erotic poems, including :"Sodoma'; "Safo"; "Giles de Rais"; "El Vamprio"; "El Divino Marqués" among others. Undoubtedly printed in a small edition, this example bears a long inscription from the author. Very good in lightly worn wrappers. Uncommon.
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.
London: T. Wright, Essex Street, Strand; and Sold by G. Kearsley, No 46, near Serjeant's Inn, Fleet Street, (1776). folio. 7pp. A record of the famous Castlehaven sodomy trial in 1631, which fed on the “sodomite-hunting” that was rampant during the period. 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. A report disbound from A Complete Collection of State Trials, this extractis chapter XXXI.
Capri: Cerio e Pignalosa (ND). 4to., 18pp. A large format illustrated history of Capri, published by Cerio's Le Pagine dell'isola series. The illustrations were done in the 1940s by Partricia Mertig and present mostly touristic perspectives of life on Capri, several of which are fully illustrated. Magazine format, folded with light edgewear and small tears. Uncommon.
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.
(13 1/4" x 10 1/2"). A lovely detailed pencil sketch of an adolescent boy with arms raised. Initialed "RNC" and dated 1922. The work dates to the first year of Chubb's return to his family home in Curridge- after having trained in a London art school. He spent the following year in the New Forest, visiting gypsies and painting many of the local inhabitants. The works is very good, framed and matted, Works from this period of this quality are quite rare.
Paris: Le Monde Illustré (11 December 1948) #37., 30pp. The dramatic adaptation of Cocteau's famous novel which starred his lover Jean Marais. The cover of this issue of Le Monde Illustré: Théatrical & Littéraire bears an original drawing by Cocteau dedicated to Marais, using his pet name "Jeannot". Very good, covers a bit rubbed, light crease, small chip on rear cover. From the collection of Jean Marais, recently sold in Paris.
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.
Privately printed . 31pp. The record of a talk delivered by Cooper at the annual banquet of the Horatian Society on 22nd November, 1937 devoted to the works of the Roman poet. Cooper is perhaps best known for his political roles in Britain, as well as his romantic alliances with Louise de Vilmorin, Daisy Fellowes and Gloria Guinness while married to Lady Diana Cooper. One of 100 numbered copies, this example inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Very good in lightly browned wrappers with light foxing at edges. Uncommon.
Paris: NRF (1924). The first novel, largely autobiographical, of the "jeune homo surréaliste," published the year before he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. One of 1100 numbered copies, this example being #4. Very good in original brown wrappers, light edge wear. With the frontispiece illustration of Crevel by his lover Eugene Maccown.
London: Published by Nancy Cunard at Wishart & Co (1934). 4to. 854pp. Cunard's landmark anthology, complete with numerous black and white photographs and illustrations. It brings together some 255 contributions by 150 authors and is extensively illustrated with reproductions. An unparalleled classic of anti-racist commitment, encyclopedic in scope, supported by monumental and valuable documentation. Contributors included Louis Armstrong, Samuel Beckett, André Breton and other French surrealists, Langston Hugues, Zora Neale Hurston, Leo Frobenius, Theodore Dreiser, Ezra Pound, William Carlos William, as well as Cunard herself. A near fine copy of a book that is often in poor condition, very light fading to spine, but the covers are bright and the interior is fine, slipcased. Many copies were destroyed in the London Blitz during World War II.
Chamalières: Chez l'auteur (1944). Soft cover. Romantic adventures from the author of Billy: Idylles d'amour Grec en Angleterre, illustrated throughout by Essac with numerous tipped-in drawings and vignettes. One of only 132 numbered copies issued. Near fine in wrappers, light edgewear. Decorative slipase. Rare.