A collection of nineteen original signed (or stamped with the artist's name) black and white photographs of male nudes. The format varies from 4" x 6" to 6" x 7" and one image is 8" x 12" (which bears a penciled notation in the artist's hand indicating the date (1982), the tirage and copyright. Caprio, a native of Grenoble, achieved great success with his portraits of male nudes in the 1980s and much of this work was collected in a volume entitled Men, published by Pierre-Marcel Favre in 1986. The photographs are in very good condition.
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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.
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.
This gouache (3" x 7") is of a young man and is signed "R.N. Chubb/1921." The model may have been one of the local children he often painted or one of the gypsy youths that he befriended in the New Forest that year (described in his massive tome The Secret Country.) The work is matted and is in good condition.
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).
Kensington: Cayme Press (1927). Soft cover. Uncommon ediiton of this early nineteenth century poem extolling the virtues of caning schoolboys. Introduction by Yvor Nichols. Printed by Philip Sainsbury, Henry Scott Tuke's nephew. One 450 copies issued. Very good in wrappers that have modest edgewear, penned notation on cover, small chip to rear cover, missing binding thread.
Argentorati: in aedibus Vuendelini Rihelii (1548). , 111,  fol. Commines was a philosophical historian and has been called the "first truly modern writer" and a major primary source for 15th century European history. His life was a continuing drama of intrigues involving the royal houses of Burgundy and France, ultimately ending in his employ by Charles VIII of France. His series of memoirs have been hailed for their forthright and often cynical understanding of the dramas of his age. This volume, one of the last in the series, recounts the Italian wars. Very good, early paper wrappers, present but detaching, small chip to front wrapper, pages generally very good with some browning. Uncommon.
New York: Appleton (1892). 272pp., adverts at end. The first English translation (by Clara Bell) of the author's famous novel, Noodlot, which originally appeared in 1890 in the author's native Dutch. Many have noted striking similarities with the novel and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, which appeared in the same year. Wilde is reputed to have enjoyed the novel, which centers around the androgynous Bertie and his attraction for Frank (who eventually kills Bertie when he interferes with his marriage plans.) A good copy in buckram boards, a bit worn and bumped at edges.
Asphodel (1998). Hardcover. The bookselling firm of Michael deHartington issued ten catalogues of homosexual literature during its brief existence from 1972-1974. These catalogues included some of the rarest books on the subject and remain a significant resource for students, collectors and bibliophiles. These catalogues, rareties themselves, have been reissued here in a facsimile edition along with an Introduction by Timothy d'Arch Smith, one of the firm's principals, and a widely respected scholar in the field.