London: Kegan Paul Trench (1908). The first of a dozen books of verse by the Uranian poet written while he was acting as curate at a Protestant church in Paris. He was at the vanguard of the "aristocracy of comradeship" philosophy which held sway amongst many of his fellow Uranian poets. Very good in blue boards, bookplate, small penned signature, spine a little dulled. The title page bears a "presentation copy" stamp. Murray's List 13.
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New Orleans Museum of Art (2008). 4to. 16pp. Illustrated exhibition catalog of works by Cadmus and Dureau, with some text about the collection. Very good, light wear to covers.
London: Heineman (1958). Tales of travels in India by the inveterate traveller and writer. This copy is inscribed by the author (who discovered it in Calcutta in 1974). Cameron has been described as “the aesthete’s aesthete” and, along with his mother (Enid, Countess of Kenmare, aka “The Lady Who Killed All Her Husbands) were well known in society circles. Very good in blue boards, effaced inscription on endpaper, slightly dusty with occasional foxing.
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.
Roma: Edizioni del secolo (1946). Soft cover. Very good in lightly browned wrappers, light browning to endpapers.
NP: ND. A supplement to Le Pagine dell'Isola di Capri with numerous illustrations of Capri. Very good in wrappers.
[Napoli] Biblioteca Caprense (1934). 56pp. Soft cover. A lovely copy in stiff brown wrappers. Uncommon.
Paris, La Nef de Paris, 1959. Soft cover. The author's semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences in the Algerian desert with his abusive uncle and assorted sexual experiences and emotional upheavals. Very good in original wrappers, light spotting to covers.
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.
(13 1/4" x 10 1/2"). A lovely detailed pencil sketch of an adolescent boy with arms raised. Initialed "RNC" and dated 1922. The work dates to the first year of Chubb's return to his family home in Curridge- after having trained in a London art school. He spent the following year in the New Forest, visiting gypsies and painting many of the local inhabitants. The works is very good, framed and matted, Works from this period of this quality are quite rare.
Armstrong Press, Notasilga, (1988). Hardcover. One of 125 copies signed by the authors. Numerous examples of printed typography, along with a number of printed ephemeral items laid in at rear. A lovely copy.
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.
Montpellier: Luis Casinada (1998). A long poem by Cocteau illustrated with four original color gouache illustrations by Karen Thomas. The edition is printed on Japon paper and is limited to only 45 numbered copies, each signed by the artist and editor. A lovely production. Fine in stiff handmade paper wrappers.
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).
Eton: Shakespeare Head Press (1960). 90pp. A posthumously published collection of the Uranian poet's work, one of only two such collections issued under his name. Cottam was an Anglican chaplain, who worked for a time with his friend and fellow Uranian, E.E. Bradford at St. George's in Paris. A very good copy ex-library copy in very good dust jacket, with usual library markings on jacket and front and rear endpapers.. Uncommon.
This ediiton of the literary journal is dedicated to the French surrealist, Rene Crevel. Very good in wrappers. Illustrated.
A very iconic photograph of the eccentric bohemian, taked at the Capri home of Islay Lyons and Kenneth Macpherson (and Norman Douglas). Cunard sports one of her famed ivory bracelets and creative hair nets. One of a series taken by Lyons at the same luncheon and likely the last time that they spent time together. Vintage photograph from the estate of Islay Lyons.
Chamalières: Chez l'auteur (1944). Soft cover. Romantic adventures from the author of Billy: Idylles d'amour Grec en Angleterre, illustrated throughout by Essac with numerous tipped-in drawings and vignettes. One of only 132 numbered copies issued. Near fine in wrappers, light edgewear. Decorative slipase. Rare.
Paris, A. Savine (1890). 295pp. The novel based upon the author's experiences in a French prison camp in Tunisia, which has been described as "'the most effective indictment of the French colonial army written in the nineteenth century.' Darien chronicles the lives of men caught up in the system and deals compassionately with the subject of homosexuality in the army. Never a member of the literary elite in France, he was much admired by the Symbolists and wrote a number of political tracts and was considered an anarchist. The novel was adapted to the stage and later film and has remained a classic since its publication.This is the first edition of the book, quite rare in commerce. Very good in limp maroon leather boards, original wrappers present, inked stamp of the Collège de ’Pataphysique on endpaper, along with the inked ownership stamp of Emmanuel Peillet, one of the founders of the Collège.
Paris: Editions du Capitole (1927). 4to. 418pp. A record of Shakespeare's voyage of 1584 with 46 full-page illustrations and 8 vignettes by Gaston Goor. Laid into the book is a 2 pp. holograph letter from Goor (dated 1927) to Louis Brulé mentioning several books that he was illustrating (including "Le Voyage de Shakespeare". He also mentions his address as 14 Cité Falguière, an atelier for artists (where Modigliani, Brancusi, Foujita also had spaces). The letter is illustrated with a pencil drawing of a lady with a parasol, Notre Dame in the background. One of 1680 numbered copies, this is one of 1400 on Alfa Francia. Very good in original decorative wrappers, light wear to covers and spine.
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,
London: Rupert Hart-Davis (1952). First revised ediiton, very good in card wrappers, light edgewear.
New York : Seven Arts (1926) 45pp. The poetry of a young man who committed suicide at 18 and later published by his brother, Benjamin DeCasseres. Good in decorative paper boards, edges lightly worn, corners bumped. An uncommon collection.