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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Charlottenburg (1906). Adolf Brand (1875-1945) was one of the most important and controversial gay activists in pre-War Germany. This publication "of male culture, art and literature" was the most important German gay journal and first appeared in 1896 and continued until 1931. Brand was arrested on several occasions for his outspoken beliefs and many issues of his magazine were routinely confiscated. This copy is Band VI and contains photographs by von Gloeden, artwork by Jaeger, essays by numerous hands, including Sagitta (John Henry MacKay); Otto Kiefer; Peter Hamecher and many others. The illustrations are all tipped onto colored papers and this edition is the only one issued in decorative hardcover bindings. Internally very good, decorative boards a bit worn at head and tale of spine, small closed tear on spine, a few small marks on rear cover, but good otherwise. Two penned signatures on colophon page.
Buenos Aires: Privately Printed (1959). A collection of erotic poems, including :"Sodoma'; "Safo"; "Giles de Rais"; "El Vamprio"; "El Divino Marqués" among others. Undoubtedly printed in a small edition, this example bears a long inscription from the author. Very good in lightly worn wrappers. Uncommon.
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.
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.
Périgueux: Structure (1958) 37pp. The second publication of the American-born French painter and writer, published at his own expense "hors commerce, en compte d'auteur". The work details his life in the Sahara, where he lived with his uncle and where he began his classic Le Vieillard et l'enfant and which also appeared under the Chaamba pseudonym. Near fine in red wrappers, very light sunning to spine. Quite uncommon.
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.
Paris: Offenstadt (1904). 232pp. One of a series of sensational books by the good doctor, who describes in details assorted sexual practices in ""les pays chauds". With 25 illustrations of assorted females in various louche activities. Very good in original wrappers, some spotting throughout, covers lightly worn. 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.
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.
Privately printed . 31pp. The record of a talk delivered by Cooper at the annual banquet of the Horatian Society on 22nd November, 1937 devoted to the works of the Roman poet. Cooper is perhaps best known for his political roles in Britain, as well as his romantic alliances with Louise de Vilmorin, Daisy Fellowes and Gloria Guinness while married to Lady Diana Cooper. One of 100 numbered copies, this example inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Very good in lightly browned wrappers with light foxing at edges. Uncommon.
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.
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.