Paris: Dentu (1887). F. The first edition of this important study of prostitution. The second half of the book deals with male homosexuality and is considered a pioneering study. Very good in 3/4 buckram boards, a few pages have small tears. Uncommon.
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Paris: 1939. 34pp. The first French translation (by Henri Parisot) of this work, issued in an edition of 150 copies. Very good in original wrappers, occasional light spotting. Uncommon.
Girard: Haldeman-Julius Publications (1948) (1949). Three pamphlets compiling an odd collection of letters addressed to the author (a medical doctor) along with his responses to "twilight men". Very good in wrappers, library stamps on front covers.
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.
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: Editions de Minuit (1954). The edition intégrale of this novel originally issued in three parts. Very good in wrappers, small inked signature on endpaper. Chaamba was also known as Francois Augieras.
Paris: La Nef de Paris Éditions (1959). Early novel by this widely acclaimed and controversial writer, who wrote openly about his sexual attraction to boys and girls. A talented artist, he only wrote several books in his lifetime, mostly using this pseudonym which dates to an extended stay in Algeria, where he was sexually abused by his uncle. André Gide was a supporter and friend to the author in the last years of Gide's life. Very good in wrappers, original wraparound band present. Inscribed by the author on title page.
Two original woodblock prints from Chubb's A Fable of Love & War. These are proof images from Chubb's own archive and were printed on the same piece of paper. Very good with only light signs of age with light spotting at edges.
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.
This print of a kneeling male nude originally appeared in Chubb's book, Woodcuts, published in 1928. From the Estate of the artist. Very good on thin paper, very light browning.
Christie's: Monaco (20 June 1998). Soft cover. Impressive collection of furnishings and artwork from this collector's home in Roquebrune. Introduction by his friend Hubert de Givenchy. Very good in wrappers. A.
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.
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.
Faber & Faber London, 1945. A good copy in red boards, spine sunned. Mounted on front pastedown is a bookplate which is by Aubrey Beardsley for Thomas Edward Murphy. (See Lasner, The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley B23).
London: Cecil Woold (1974). A selection of previously unpublished material. One of two hundered numbered copies bound in red fabric. Woolf A26. Fine in fine red slipcase.
Paris: Eugène Renduel, 1835. 2 vols., 8vo. 560 pp. 438 pp. This dark comedic novel was commercially successful when issued and garnered the approval of Balzac ("Mais peut-être, avec autant de talent, étiez-vous tenu de tout savoir ? Le livre est d’une incontestable supériorité, de trop de supériorité même, il sera la lecture favorite de ceux qui dégustent, des hommes d’élite, et ceux-là sont en minorité."). It paints a picture of a "society rotten to the core, a society without faith, without law, without faith, without remorse and without pleasure." The protagonist, Edmond d'Offlize, boasts in a letter to a friend that he can seduce a very rich heiress whose face is so ugly that it would be acceptable "only in the land of the frogs." She is then pursued by d'Offlize and a friend (with whom he may share a romantic relationship) and a great muddle of manners ensues. The Marquis de Custine (1790-1857) was a French aristocrat, perhaps most famous for his travel book, Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, published in 1839. He was avowedly homosexual and lived openly in Paris with his lover Edward Saint-Barbe, who remained his life companion. Aloys, his anonymously published novel deals explicitly with homosexuality long before such subjects were commonly written about. See Muhlstein, A Taste for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine. Very good in later black boards, light wear, early signature on endpaper in volume 1. Uncommon.
Original large format vintage photograph of a young man posed nude on rocks with his head on his knees, with D'Agata's studio stamp on verso, 14.5 x 11 in.
Lisboa : Livrarias Aillaud e Bertrand, [1928?] 304pp. Volume 3 of the Portuguese medical professor's treatise on various sexology matters. This volume is dedicated to sodomy, "sexual perversions," homosexuality and other matters. Maroon boards have some deterioration at top. Uncommon.
New York : G.W. Dillingham Co., 1899. 310pp. An odd novel about a stifled relationship between an actor and protege. From the author of the gay novel Marriage Below Zero published the following year. Very good in decorative boards.
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,
Buenos Aires: Maucci Hermanos (1903). 288pp. Guide to sexual hygiene, as well as various mental and psychological problems. Good in marbled boards, a bit of spotting throughout, endpaper has closed tear. Uncommon.
Paris: Pierre Horay (1950). Novel about a young boy, with photographs from the popular movie. Very good in full leather boards.