Paris: Ferenczi (1937). Novel by this lesbian and friend of Natalie Barney. Of 20 special copies printed, this is copy #1. Fine in wrappers.
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1st Edition. Soft cover. Very good in original wrappers (2 vols.). Pp XVI, 311; 327, uncut, black-and-red title-page. No 209 of 220 copies.
Berlin: Bruno Gmunder (1990). 4to. Numerous photographs by the photgrapher of male nudes. Fine in stiff wrappers. Text in English, German and French.
London: Minerva (1974). Hardcover. Very good in very good jacket.
Paris: Garnier (1920s). Advice on sexual matters to young men, including a discussion of homosexuality, etc. A fair copy in rather tired wrappers.
Paris. 1 April 1921 (Series B. #2). (20” x 8/5”). 4pp. An unusual publication by the American dancer/poet/printer who settled in Paris in 1911 and printed a number of his own works, including this periodical espousing his philosophies. This edition also includes short works by Han Ryner, Louis Forest and an excerpt from Natalie Barney’s Pensées d'une Amazon. Very good, edges lightly darkened, folded sheet. Rare.
Golden Cockerel Press. . Hardcover. One of 325 numbered copies printed by Gibbings in Golden Cockerel type on Batchelor's hand-made paper with seven wood-engravings by Gibbings. A very good copy in morocco-backed decorated cloth, top edge gilt, light bump to one corner.
London: The University Press (1897). 204pp. The rare suppressed edition of this collaboration between Ellis and Symonds. The second revised English edition with Ellis' Preface dated October 1897. Very few copies were ever circulated (at the behest of Horatio Brown, Symond's executor) and all later editions excised any reference to Symond's participation on the project. A very good copy in dark blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, corners a bit bumped, covers lightly worn, hinges starting, bookplate on front pastedown.
[Barcelona] [1918-1925?]. A collection of nine salacious novelettes published by La Novela Galante, most likely published shortly after the first World War. These numerous erotic stories were printed on poor paper with rather crude illustrations and generally had provocative cover illustrations printed in color. Although generally heterosexual in content, one issue in this collection concerns a lesbian story. Generally very good, covers intact, bound together in paper boards. Included are the following: De Cabeza....al Pilon (VII #331); Los Trabajos de Ascensión (VI #246); La Alcadesa de Sotón (VI #247); Golpes de Pandero (VI #248); Las Piernas Locas (VI #249); La Cola del Diablo (VI # 250); Los Cincos Novios de Mary (VI #251); La Venganza de Don Nuño (VI # 252); El Chorizo de Rioja (VI # 253).
Paris: Ambert . 281pp. 2nd ed. The first of several highly popular schoolboy novels with explicit gay themes written by this French writer, who befriended Count d'Adelsward Fersen and contributed to his journal Akademos. Very good in 1/4 leather binding, original wrappers (with cover photograph by Wilhelm con Gloeden) present, light cover wear, penned signature on endpaper.
Paris (ND). Hardcover. 4to. The first edition of this book, titled Sundays in the later English edition. Illustrated throughout by Vertes. Very good in black leather binding, some cracking to edges. office.
Paris Issue 6: 15 Juin (1909). FERSEN, Jacques d'Adelsward. Akademos: Revue Mensuelle d'Art Libre et de Critique. Paris Issue 5: 15 Mai 1909. . Akademos: Revue Mensuelle d'Art Libre et de Critique. Paris (15 Janvier 1909). 160pp. Issue Number 5 of this short-lived monthly literary review, considered one of the first gay magazines published. Very good in original wrappers, light browning and edgewear, occasional spotting.
NP:ND [1911-1914]. 88pp. A rare and controversial work of pornography, which includes one chapter entitled "Chez le baron d'Alderswald" which was originally published in 1904 as a pamphlet and condemned by the Cour d'Assises in 1913. The author casts asperions on every one around Fersen: he had intimate relations with Oscar Wilde, Pierre Loti, and Jean Lorrain; he had an incestuous relationship with his mother who took his virginity at an early age; Jacques, in turn, deflowered a number of young boys upon the skeleton of his own mother. The piece ends with Jacques' death in the prison hospital at Fresnes as a result of "a delicate operation on his anus." This version, significantly revised, was issued as part of a series. Very good in 3/4 morocco binding, marbled endpapers, the initials "P.K.M." appear at foot of spine, lightly nicked spine, original wrappers present. Pia (@110) dates this publication to sometime between 1911 and 1914.
Paris: Vanier (1905). Fersen's semi-autobiographical novel about the decadent Lord Lyllian," a breathtaking mixture of truth and fiction" according to the scholar Will Ogrinc. Fersen includes among his cast of characters not only Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas, but Friedrich Krupp, Péladan, Robert de Montesquiou, Jean Lorrain and many others. The author's legal battles with his own "messes noires" happened several years before this novel was published and Fersen had retreated to Capri. A good copy in the very appealing wrappers designed by Claude Simpson, some wear and browning to covers, light repair to verso, bound in a 1/4 morocco binding with marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Thierry-Richard Sabatier, along with a tipped in clipping from le Figaro about Peyrefitte's book. An English translation of the novel, issued by Elysium Press, was published in 2005.
London: Leonard Smithers (1899). A collection of poems by a friend of the Sitwells and George Moore, published no doubt as a vanity publication by Smithers, "publisher to the decadents." Laid in is an ALS from the author to the singer Lady Maud Warrender, with her bookplate on front paste down. Very good in decorative blue boards, wear to edges, hinges weakening.
Paris: Delagrave (1870). 374pp. Book Description: Paris, Delagrave, 1870., 1870. in-12. 374pp. Broché, couverture imprimée. Edition Originale de cet écrit de Jean-Baptiste Fonssagrives (1823-1884), professeur d'hygiène à la Faculté de Montpellier, à qui l'on doit "des ouvrages estimés, dont quelques uns ont été traduits en plusieurs langues" (Larousse). Première éducation des garçons, endurcissement phyue, problèmppscolaire, éducation des sens, éducation des muscles, choix d'une profession, etc. Rousseurs éparses, petites traces de mouillures claires. Exemplaire non rogné.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1940. 32 pp. Soft cover. Macmillan War Pamphlets, No. 3. 12mo, original orange wrappers printed in blue. First edition. Kirkpatrick A23.
Buenos Aires (1935). 78pp. An uncommon collection of essays by the Uruguayan writer and diplomat, known for his sympathetic writings about homosexuality. Good in original wrappers, lightly browned, occasional foxing throughout, inked stamp on title page.
Madrid: Javier Morata (1933) 383pp. The first positive study of homosexuality written in Spanish by the Uruguayan writer and novelist, known for his sympathetic treatment of the subject. Homosexualismo Creador (Creative Homosexuality) is an important study of homosexuality that is said to have influenced Gabriel Garica Lorca's writings (see Eisenberg, Lorca and Censorship: The Gay Artist Made Heterosexual). Illustrated throughout. Very good in original wrappers, lightly browned and some wear to spine and edges.
Treptow-Berlin :Bernhard Zacks Verlag (1908). xv, 322p. + 88p. The second edition of the pioneering gay activist's magnum opus which served as a manifesto for the revival of Grecian male bonding, ranging from close friendship to homosexual activity. His Gemeinschaft der Eigenen (Community of the Exceptional), founded a year before the publication of Renaissance, "demonstated a decidedly hostile attitude towards the modern era [which made] difficult, if not impossible, the untiy of body and soul." A very good copy in original blue linen boards with decorative gilt titling, light wear to covers, penciled underlining throughout.
Lyon: Bosc (1935). 100pp. An interesting doctoral dissertation dealing with the question of assorted "perversions" engaged in by members of the French army, with an extended case studies and descriptions of homosexual behavior. Inscribed by the author on endpaper. Quite uncommon. very good in very good, lightly worn wrappers.
Paris : Librairie Artistique, 1904. By the prolific chronicler of all varieties of sexuality, this edition contains a chapter on La pederastie active et passive...les plaisirs de Sodome, etc. Very good in wrappers, light cover wear, signature on cover. Uncommon.
Paris: La Bonne Compagnie (1944). sm 4to. Soft cover. 1/600 copies on Beau Velin Blanc, numeroous pouchoir illustrations by Christian Berard (his last illustrated book). Very good copy in original wrappers, spine sunned and lightly cracked.
NP; NP (c 1827). 8vo. oblong (13.5 cm. x 20cm). A series of 16 hand-colored copper engravings (8" x 5.5") relating to the death and interment of Pope Pius VII and the election of Pope Leo XII (printed on rectos only). Three additional colored engravings depict Pope Leo XII and costumes of the religious order of Adoratrices. Original full limp vellum with printed vellum label on spine, tissue guards, in custom blue cloth clamshell case. Light toning to covers, damp staining to bottoms of several pages (not affecting images). Ex-collection Islay Lyons.
Paris: Crapouillot. #30 (1955). Soft cover. French magazine dedicated to the lives and art of famous homosexuals- Cocteau, Gide, Fersen, Wilde, Genet. Numerous illustrations. Very good in wrappers, a little yellowed.