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[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.
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.
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.
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.
London : Printed and published by John Fairburn,  and London, Printed and Pub. (for. F. O'Neill) by T. Dolby . Two quite rare pamphlets, both describing the events surrounding the arrest of Percy Jocelyn (1764-1843), bishop of Clogher; in 1811. Percy Jocelyn (1764-1843), bishop of Clogher was accused by James Byrne of "taking indecent familiarities" (possibly buggery) and of "using indecent or obscene conversations with him". Byrne was sued for criminal libel by Jocelyn and on conviction was sentenced to two years in jail and also to public flogging. Recanting his allegations at the prompting of the bishop's agent, the floggings were stopped. In 1822, Jocelyn was caught in an act of homosexuality with a guardsman in a London public house and he absconded to Scotland where he worked as a butler for the rest of his life. Edward Prime-Stevenson discusses the case in his classic survey of homosexuality, The Intersexes: "Even more dramatic is the history of another great Irish churchman, Bishop Jocelyn, of the See of Clogher, in the early part of the nineteenth century. Relatively a young man, though already advanced in dignity, Bishop Jocelyn was also an inborn uranian. After having had several homosexual relationships without detection, Jocelyn fell in love with a strikingly handsome young soldier, in the Life-Guards, stationed in the diocese, a trooper named John Moverly, who was also uranistic. The Bishop was handsome, genial, and a man of the world, though he filled his religious station becomingly. In 1822 the intimacy came to light. A great scandal ensued." See, Norton, Mother Clap's Molly House @217-222 Both pamphlets are bound in a contemporary 3/4 leather binding along with the colored frontispiece to the second volume.
Montrouge : Draeger frères, 1924. — In-folio. 312: (4 ff. First white), 11 plates, illustrated cover. In sheets, under shirt with jacket adorned with a typographic decoration. Prestigious catalog glorifying the graphic arts industries through a leading collaboration between the printer Draeger, the writer Jean Cocteau and the artist Charles Martin. The text is a treasure trove of typographic presentation and calls out to advertisers to encourage them to have Draeger catalogs edited. It is followed by 11 boards designed by Charles MARTIN (1884-1934) in the purest Art Deco spirit. "This catalog is the perfect celebration, never equaled, of the publishing professions, as well as one of the most prestigious DRAEGER albums" (Forney exhibition 1988, n ° 82). A few spots and pitting on the dust jacket and a few small freckles scattered on the boards.
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.
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, stray markings, occasional foxing. home.
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.
An original vintage silver print portrait (5.4" x 3.8") of René Crevel by Marc Allégret. Although undated, it would appear to date from the mid-1920s when Allégret was a student of Man Ray's and was taking hundreds of photographs and developing them himself in a small room in André Gide's Paris apartment. Allégret and Crevel had become friends around 1917 and remained so until Crevel's suicide in 1935. He eventually went on to make dozens of films and remains highly regarded in the field of cinematography. Crevel, one of the most exceptional of the Surrealist writers, was photographed and painted by many of the great artists of the period, but this image appears not to have been reproduced and does not appear in François Buot's biography, Crevel (1991). Very good, inscription on verso: "ex-coll. Marc Allegret/Photo de Marc Allegret/Rene Crevel." Mounted.Along with three other vintage photos of Crevel and one of Crevel with his dog (inscribed in green ink).
Oxford: B.H.Blackwells (1917). The first of the Wheels anthologies, devised by the Sitwells to publish works of young poets (including themselves). Included in this preiere issue are works by Nancy Cunard, Osbert Sitwell, Edith Sitwell, Arnold James, Iris Tree, E.W. Tennant, Sacheverell Sitwell, Victor Tait Perowne and Helen Rootham. Warmly inscribed by Cunard to "Otto" in "1929 or so" and additionally in 1943 ("I would like to consign this to limbo, dear otto- so keep it dark."). Good in yellow boards, a bit of wear t covers with some abrasions, several pages roughly opened.
Paris: Callman-Levy (c. 1910). The French edition of d'Annunzio's work, with a long and sincere dedication to his onetime lover, Romaine Brooks. Around 1909, Brooks and d’Annunzio met at a dinner given by an artist friend who was famous for his colorful posters and paintings. D’Annunzio commented that much more can be expressed without any color at all, and this prompted Brooks to invite him to see her work. Thus began a complicated friendship that lasted for nearly three decades and had a profound impact on Brooks’s art. She saw him as a martyred artist, another lapidé; he wrote poems based on her works and called her "the most profound and wise orchestrator of grays in modern painting". They spent the summer of 1910 in a villa on the coast of France, in a romantic interlude that was disrupted when D'Annunzio's jealous ex-mistress arrived in town. Their friendship remained strong throughout D'Annunzio's life and she painted his portrait in 1912. Very good in original wrappers, rebound in a full morocco signed binding, gilt top edge, gilt titling, very light scuff s, laid into a marbled paper slipcase.