Hartford: Privately Printed (1925). Hardcover. Of an edition of 99 numbered copies, this example is one of an unknown number of special lettered copies, initialed by the editor with the notation "To Aid Britain". A near fine copy in 1/4 vellum and purple paper boards, bookplate of Anthony Reid (by Ralph Chubb) on front pastedown, light wear to corners. A lovely copy of an uncommon book.
Refine search resultsSkip to search results
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.
Twenty-five postcards addressed to the infamous Marquesa Luisa Casati at various addresses, generally between 1918-1925, including the following:. Twenty-six postcards addressed to the infamous Marquesa Luisa Casati at various addresses, generally between 1918-1925, including the following: One Signed by Igor Stravinsky and Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson (Lord Berners) addressed to the Marquise Casati in Rome in 1917; one signed Tristan Tzara his friends Canadel with a small drawing of a finger through the heart, dated 20s (not postmarked); one signed Russell Greely (and Francois) to Casati at Hotel de Rhin, Paris, un-posted; one addressed to Francis D'Gouy to Manolo referencing “Robert” (Montesquiou?); one in the hand of Robert de Montesquiou, undated, not posted; one postmarked (1918) card from an unknown person addressed to Casati in Rome; one post-marked card (1925), unsigned to Casati at Le Vesinet, one card addressed to Casati at Hotel Ritz in Paris from “Francois”; one postmarked card (1918) to Casati in Rome, signature illegible; one postmarked card to Casati in Milan (signature illegible); one from Valentine and Jean Hugo, posted in 1925 (they signed Victor Hugo and Juliette Hugo in ink); one from her father (signed Papa) sent to Casati at Palace Hotel in St. Moritz; four un-postmarked cards which appear to be from her sister Cristina; five un-posted with various messages in unknown hands (2 signed “Nina”); one addressed to Louisa from “Napier” writing from Ravello, chez “Ricardo Sampro”; two in Italian, unposted from an unknown sender; one postmarked card to Comte de Gossy (?) from “R.” Along with: 15 postcards, unsigned, unsent, some collages, some altered, perhaps by Casati- apprently from the same photo album. A fascinating insight into Casati’s world between the two wars, the correspondence illuminates her travels and relationships during the height of her popularity. Laid into a custom clamshell box bound in blue linen.
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.
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.
London : Printed and published by John Fairburn,  and London, Printed and Pub. (for. F. O'Neill) by T. Dolby . Two quite rare pamphlets, both describing the events surrounding the arrest of Percy Jocelyn (1764-1843), bishop of Clogher; in 1811. Percy Jocelyn (1764-1843), bishop of Clogher was accused by James Byrne of "taking indecent familiarities" (possibly buggery) and of "using indecent or obscene conversations with him". Byrne was sued for criminal libel by Jocelyn and on conviction was sentenced to two years in jail and also to public flogging. Recanting his allegations at the prompting of the bishop's agent, the floggings were stopped. In 1822, Jocelyn was caught in an act of homosexuality with a guardsman in a London public house and he absconded to Scotland where he worked as a butler for the rest of his life. Edward Prime-Stevenson discusses the case in his classic survey of homosexuality, The Intersexes: "Even more dramatic is the history of another great Irish churchman, Bishop Jocelyn, of the See of Clogher, in the early part of the nineteenth century. Relatively a young man, though already advanced in dignity, Bishop Jocelyn was also an inborn uranian. After having had several homosexual relationships without detection, Jocelyn fell in love with a strikingly handsome young soldier, in the Life-Guards, stationed in the diocese, a trooper named John Moverly, who was also uranistic. The Bishop was handsome, genial, and a man of the world, though he filled his religious station becomingly. In 1822 the intimacy came to light. A great scandal ensued." See, Norton, Mother Clap's Molly House @217-222 Both pamphlets are bound in a contemporary 3/4 leather binding along with the colored frontispiece to the second volume.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.