London: Chester (1922). 16pp. One of a series of short essays on composers, published by J. & W. Chester, Ltd. This example includes both and English and French version of the essay and includes several illustrations and a photographic frontispiece of Berners. Very good in stapled wrappers, covers lightly browned with a "With Compliments" stamp on cover. Quite uncommon.
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Paris: Bibliothèque Internationale d’Édition (1909). An uncommon collection of 43 short essays and poetry about young men from around the world, which has variously been attributed to Gide, Pierre Loti and several others. According to Robert Aldrich in Colonialism and Homosexuality, “The book satirizes and perpetuates European erotic images of the East in the style of soft-core pornography and sums up European homosexual fantasies about foreign lands.” Very good in original wrappers, light creasing to spine. One of 300 numbered copies (#136) Pia 435. $500.
Wiesbaden Tirana Verl. (1952). 64pp. Uncommon post-War auotobiographical novel dealing with his homosexuality during the war See Hergemoller, Mann für Mann, Biographisches Lexikon zur Geschichte von Freundesliebe und männlicher Sexualität im deutschen Sprachraum, Hamburg 1998 @123-24. Very good in wrappers, light browning to cover.
Paris: Roving Eye Press, 1931. Bob Brown, ed, Readies for Bob Brown's Machine (1931). Roving Eye Press, 1931. A very scarce anthology or collection, printed in France, with contributions (often brief) from the likes of Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Kay Boyle, James T Farrell, Gertrude Stein, et al. Condition: Good, with chipping and splitting to paper at spine ends, droplet spotting and discoloration on front wrap.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paris: NRF (1924). The first novel, largely autobiographical, of the "jeune homo surréaliste," published the year before he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. One of 1100 numbered copies, this example being #4. Very good in original brown wrappers, light edge wear. With the frontispiece illustration of Crevel by his lover Eugene Maccown.
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.
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.