Sadapolis [i.e. Bruxelles]: J. Valcourt, l'an 0000 [i.e. Gay: 1866]. 69pp. 12mo. An early account of the life and writings of the French aristocratic philosopher and writer Donatien Alphonse François de Sade (1740 -1814). An attractive copy in 3/4 maroon leather boards, decorative raised gilt spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 150 copies printed (#26). Quite uncommon.
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Buenos Aires: Club de Lectores: Aristocracia en Libros (c.1940s). 232 pp. A very odd compilation of over 800 books deemed to be morally acceptable for readers, with a biographical listing of authors at the end. The reviews include references to "Renata Vivien" (poetisa que vivio como pagana y murio cristianamente. Su prosa como sus versos exhalan olores de podredumbre"); Oscar Wilde (not recommended); Willy ("sus hechos emanam efluvios de una voluptuosidad inconfesable."); James Joyce's Ulysses ("mala") and many others. Good is somewhat worn wrappers.
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.
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.
NP: . 139pp. The author's most important and controversial gay novel, originally issued in three separate stages, this is the first edition of the complete text ("version integral") André Gide described his writing as “a bizarre delight” and there is a printed quotation from Gide on the half-title. Considered by many to be among France's greatest underground writers, his works have been widely re-issued in recent years. After years of wandering, Augiéras died in a hospice in 1971 at the age of forty-six. Very good in lightly browned wrappers. Uncommon.
A series of three pen and ink drawings made by Chubb, all executed in 1921. These would appear to date from one of his many excursions to the New Forest during this time and portray rural life among the local residents. All the images are either signed or initialed and dated, mounted. Acquired from the artist's estate.
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.
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.
Asphodel Editions: North Pomfret. 153pp. The first compilation of the photographic works of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo) with an essay by Donald Rosenthal. One of 200 numbered copies printed in color on Mohawk Superfine and bound in Japanese cloth. Fine as issued. The book went out of print quickly after publication and is uncommon.
London: W.H. Allen & Co. (London) 1942. An interview between Nancy Cunard and George Padmore on the "colonial question" in which she articulates her own liberal views on "the race question." Very good in illustrated wrappers, light wear. Laid into a custom clamshell box, with the bookplate of Anthony Hobson.
Paris: Flammarion (1910). 328pp. Lucien Daudet's collection of 4 novellas, Le Prince des Cravates, was dedicated to Proust, who wrote to him saying that he has written and signed an article for l'Intransigeant praising Lucien's work, 'Votre livre est tellement beau que je ne pouvais pas dormir tant que je n'avais pas écrit q.q. lignes sur lui." Very good in lightly worn wrappers,