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 Modern-Bibliothèque [1909?] 155p. The first illustrated edition of this novel, which caused a scandal when it appeared. because of its 'indelicate and unpatriotic' novel about military life, it includes one character, Laprévotte, a sodomite, who is cuaght in Le Havre with a group of seven boys. It was prodeeded against for indecency ('outrage aux moeurs'), and the defendants were acquitted in March 1890." - - Patrick Pollard, André Gide: Homosexual Moralist, Yale University Press, 1991).
Paris: Union Internationale d'Éditions (1909). 155pp. This "roman militaire" is similar to Lucien Descave's portrayal of army life in "Sous-Off" in its descriptions of the seamier aspects of military life. Deverin, an accomplished artist as well as writer, describes in some detail visits to brothels and assorted sexual improprieties. Very good in original decorative wrappers, light wear to covers and spine. The author has illustrated the front endpapers with an original signed drawing depicting a seated soldier. Uncommon.
Paris: Oliven (1956). 96pp. Collection of writings on various subjects- aesthetics, spirituality, etc, illustrated throughout with homoerotic drawings by Hervé Dubly. One of only 125 signed and numbered copies (#40), warmly inscribed on title page by the author. Very good in illustrated wrappers, rear wrapper lightly worn.
Mexico City: Biblioteca Cientifica (1956). 252pp. One of many such popular books dedicated to sexual issues in the 1950s, with guidance on various prohibited activities, including a discussion of homosexuality. One chapter deals with the sex lives of writers and includes essays on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Tchaikovsky, Balzac and others. Very good in lightly worn illustrated wrappers. Quite rare.
Paris: Librairie Henri Aniere (1928). 650pp. The classic book of French cuisine, illustrated throughout by line drawings of assorted preparations. This copy bears the penciled signature of noted American cook and food writer Richard Olney on the front endpaper, as well as the bookplate of the doyenne of English cooking, Elizabeth David. Olney and David were close friends and the book was no doubt a gift to Olney. A fair/good copy, red boards a bit marked, head of spine has small tears, front hinge splitting.
Paris: Chez Ladvocat (1824). 172pp. This anonymously published novel about a young black African woman and her life in a French household, considered to be the first effort serious effort by a white writer to explore the relationship of blacks and whites. Duras's novel Edouard followed in 1825 and explored similarly unconventional issues of sexuality. The original edition of Ourika appeared in a very small edition of perhaps a dozen copies- this edition appeared the same year. A very good copy contemporary boards, bookplates on front pastedown.
Paris: Mercure de France (1899). 261pp. The second edition of this controversial gay novel, which was prosecuted for pederastic content in a widely publicized case. After a storm of protest and support from numerous literary celebrities, Eekhoud was eventually acquitted and the book has remained one of the foundational works of modern gay literature. Very good in period binding, original wrappers not present, light wear.
Leipzig, Klaristischer Verlag Akropolis (16pp.) (ND). One of a series of publications by this early German advocate of sexual emancipation and the revival of "male culture". He was a frequent contributor to Der Eigene and his anthology of homoerotic literature, Lieblingminne und Freundesliebe in der Weltliteratur is an important text in the field and the precursor to Edward Carpenter's Iolaus. Very good in wrappers, light spotting to covers.
A collection of twenty-three vintage sexually explicit photographs (various sizes and formats) involving men in a variety of sexual acts. Eleven of the images appear to date from the 1940/50s and the remainder likely 1960s/70s. All are in very good condition and bear no markings as to origin, but appear to be amateur productions. Please inquire for further details.
Monaco: Imprimerie A. Chene (1930). sm. 4to. An amusing prose poem by the ultra-chic Mrs. Reginald Fellowes (neé Marguerite Décazes), a "feminine dictator of impenetrable hardness," according to Sir Harold Acton. Fellowes traveled in very fashionable circles of the period and was known, among other things, for being the best dressed woman in the world. Seventy four leaves printed on rectos only, along with three attractive color vignettes. One of only 200 numbered copies printed, this is #13, signed by the author. Good in illustrated boards, covers a little sunned, corners slightly bumped, small stain at top edge on rear cover, tape on spine and some yellowed ink.
Paris: Jouve (1928). 276pp. A memoir of Paris in the 1920s, with illustrations by various artists, including Foujita. One illustration, by Edouard Deverin, shows the infamous Baron Adelsward Fersen introducing Georges Verlaine to his mother. Also included is a letter by Fersen to Jean Lorrain. Very good in later binding, covers present, but trimmed. Uncommon.