Paris: Black Sun Press (1929). Robert Carlton Brown (1886-1959) was an American author, journalist, publisher, and collector. He wrote an assortment of pulp fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, avant-garde publications, and experimented with various styles of writing. 1940-1950 was published by the Crosby's Black Sun Press when Brown and his wife were involved in the expatriate literary community in Paris. Limited first ed., signed to Nancy Cunard. 150 copies total; this one signed and inscribed to Nancy Cunard (who, at the time, was running The Hours Press, which would soon publish Brown's book Words); Brown's inscription reads "To Nancy Cunard/ after reading her/ answers in the/Little Review/Bob Brown/Paris/ Oct 1929." A superb association copy of a book that became a kind of underground sensation, at least until reprinted by Jargon 30 years later. Condition: VG, in original glassine jacket. Some browning to edges, and some internal spotting/foxing, likely due to paper stock used. But a real rarity.
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London: Arthur C. Fifield (1905). An Inquiry into the causes and treatment of crime and criminals. Warmly inscribed by Carpenter to George Ives on the front endpaper in the year of publication. The book is heavily annotated by Ives throughout and bears a notation on endpaper: "Where is the work of which this is only the fore runner?" This comment pressages Ives' own decision to publish "A History of Penal Methods" in 1914. Very good in red boards, slight bumped, a little foxing to endpapers. 1905. 153,  pages; publisher's advertisements to last 7 pages. 8vo, original rose cloth, front board with title and border stamped in black, gilt-stamped spine. Inscribed by Carpenter: "To George Ives / in friendship from / E.C." dated March 1905 and penciled note beneath: "Whose is the work of which this is only the fore-runner?" First and only English Edition. Inscribed by the "Gay Godfather of the British Left" to a fellow activist. Carpenter was an English writer, reformer and lifelong advocate of gay liberation. Disenchanted with what he perceived as the hypocrisy of Victorian society, he abandoned his life in Cambridge as a scholar and cleric and moved to northern England. Referred to by many in recent years as "the gay godfather of the British left," Carpenter's radical politics and open relationship with his partner George Merrill influenced many activists and writers, including E.M. Forster, whose visit to the couple in 1913 inspired his novel "Maurice."
Paris: Librairie de l'art indépendant (1914). Parts III and IV (Who Shall Command the Heart) of Carpenter's landmark Towards Democracy, which appeared in installments over a number of years. This edition was translated by Marcelle Senard.Very good in original brown wrappers, light edgewear. Uncommon.
London (1699). 31pp. 8vo. A record of the famous Castlehaven sodomy trial in 1631. 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. Light age yellowing, occasional spotting, 3 leaves trimmed, evident glue stain from repair at gutter throughout, modern blue cloth, new endpapers, a little rubbed. Bookseller's description tipped on to rear pastedown (from 1948).
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.
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.
Four original ink and watercolor works by the eccentric artist and visionary. All of the works date to his time at the Slade School of Art in London (1921). Subsequently, he returned to his family's home in Curridge. and spent the following year in the New Forest, visiting gypsies and painting many of the local inhabitants. These images appear to date from such expeditions and are quite different from his homo-erotic images of young boys, for which he is primarily known. These works are from the collection of Anthony Reid, who acquired them directly from Chubb's surviving sister Ethel. The works are all initialed by the artist and dated 1921; one of the works bears the sitter's name (Harriet Boyes). The works are all uniformly matted and are in good condition, light wear and a few stray marks. They are generally 5" x 6" (several are a bit larger). Please inquire for further details.
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, penned notation on cover, small chip to rear cover, missing binding thread.
Paris (1964). 221pp. Soft cover. The autobiography of the famous French fabric designer, with mention of Poiret, Balenciage, Cocteau, and many others. One of an unknown number of special copies in a blue chiffon binding with pink borders, with a warm inscription by the author to the actor Marc Dantzer (an intimate in Cocteau's circle) on the title page. In addition, there is a special page bound into the book identifying the recipient. Very good in custom faux velvet fabric box.
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.
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.
Paris: NRF (1924). The first edition of the author's first publication, a largely autobiographical novel written shortly after he was exiled from the Surrealist movement for his homosexuality. At the time, he had been living openly with his lover, the American painter, Eugene MacCown (who contributes the frontispiece to the book). One of 1000 copies (#874) in original wrappers, very good with light cover wear. The endpaper bears a signed self-portrait of the author. From the estate of Pavel Tchelitchew's sister, Alexandra Zaoussailoff.
New York Police Gazette: New York: 1 April (1882). 16pp. 4to. A provocative issue of this early New York tabloid shows four flirting women on the cover, two dressed in male attire, with the headline “they could take care of themselves.” Below the image, the caption reads: “A party of gay girls of New York bohemian circles declare their independence by dispensing with male escorts during the masquerade ball season, and enjoy a period of pleasure unadulterated by masculine restraint.” The Boulton & Park scandal in England (men cross-dressing as women) took place in the 1870s. The paper has been folded in half and there is wear around the edges, with chipping, splits and small areas of loss. There are also some margin annotations inside and the top edge of the paper has not been fully cut.
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.