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Paris: Albin Michel (1928). An uncommon gay novel set in a Montmartre gay bar which accurately reflects the decadence of the 1920s through the eyes of the bar's owner Horace and his much younger lover. Very good in original wrappers by Vertes, light edgewear, wrinkling to spine. One of 10 special copies on Mongolfier (#9). Quite uncommon.
Paris: Chez Ladvocat (1824). 172pp 2nd ed. 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 in the original wrappers, with light loss at corners and at head of spine, signature on title page, occasional light spotting, front cover a little worn and marked Uncommon in the original buff wrappers. See also Latouche, Olivier (below).
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.
Three vintage still photographs from the film ¡Que viva México!, a project begun in 1930 by the Russian avant-garde director Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948). Intended as an episodic portrayal of Mexican culture and politics from pre-Conquest civilization to the Mexican revolution, the film was was beset by difficulties and was eventually abandoned. A version of the film was eventually released in 1979 in a highly edited form. Two of these images were published in Kenneth Macpherson's Close Up film review and bear editorial markings and notations in Macpherson's hand. See Eisenstein, The Principles of Film Form, Close Up, Vol. VII #3, p 176; 179. Very good with general wear, one image mounted on a card (the verso image was apparently rejected and bears an X). From the library of Kenneth Macpherson.
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.
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.
Paris: L'Assiette au Beurre (20 Juin 1908). A German edition of the weekly French satirical magazine with a cover illustration relating to the notorious Eulenburg scandal that engulfed Germany from 1907-1909. Maximilian Harden was the jingoist editor of the periodical Die Zukunf and accused Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg-Hertefeld, and General Kuno, Graf von Moltke of engaging in homosexual activities. Both men were members of Kaiser Wilhelm II's inner circle and the ensuing scandal had long lasting effects on the gay rights movement in Europe. The affair received wide publicity and is often considered the biggest domestic scandal of the German Second Empire. It led to one of the first major public discussions of homosexuality and was the first occasion that the word "homosexual" was introduced into common usage. Very good, spine cracking a bit.
Elysium: Asphodel Editions (2005). 1st Edition. Hardcover. This edition is the first English translation of the eccentric Baron Fersen's decadent gay novel, Lord Lyllian: Messes Noires. Fersen (1880-1923) was arrested in 1903 and charged with indecent assault and exciting minors to debauchery. He was forced to leave France and settled in Capri, where he began the novel the following year. Originally published in 1905, it was one of the first novels written about Oscar Wilde after his demise and is filled with outrageous descriptions of fin de siècle excesses, including Fersen’s own addiction to opium and adolescent boys. The edition is limited to 500 copies bound in black silk moiré, with a reproduction of the original cover illustration by Claude Simpson tipped onto the cover. Jeremy Reed has contributed an Introduction to the edition. Printed at the Stinehour Press in Vermont.
Paris: Èditions de la Mandragore [ c.1927 ]. 29pp. 8vo. Paul Souday (1869-1929) was one of the most important French literary critics of his time and the author of biographies of Gide, Proust and Valéry. Although very traditional in his tastes, he engaged in an extended correspondence with Proust and wrote his obituary for the New York Times. Nonetheless, Souday often fulminated with homophobic diatribes, including this excerpt in an essay on Gide's Les Faux Monnayeurs: "[There are] annoying analogies between André Gide's various heroes and Mr. Charlus and his friends. Oh! There is no crudity in the language here. All of this is discrete, veiled, and a very innocent reader would not necessarily understand what it's all about. On the other hand, it's all too clear. Truly, it becomes intolerable, especially with Gide's seriousness and insipid sentimentality." (See Levitz, Modernist Mysteries: Persephone @ 267.) Souday had presented a questionnaire on the subject of homosexuality to a number of other homophobic French writers in in 1926 edition of the literary journal Les Marges, which perhaps was the impetus for the present publication. The edition contains a number of short essays on a range of "issues" related to homosexuality and we surmise that the author was in fact submitting a parody of Souday and his compatriots. Very good in original stapled wrappers. Quite rare, no institutional copies located.
New York and Pawlet (Vt) 1947-1978. Thirty seven publications either printed or published by the legendary small press. Fredericks and Saul began the press in an abandoned basement in New York City in 1947 and Fredericks continued the work of the press after moving to Vermont to teach classics at Bennington College. For decades, Fredericks issued hand-set limited editions by writers such as Gertrude Stein, John Berryman, James Merrill, Gil Orlovitz, Stephen Spender, William Everson and Bernard Malamud. Fredericks also printed a number of smaller (although often lavish) publications as Christmas mementos and for gifts. This collection, assembled over many years, includes ephermal printing, as well as TLS from Fredericks. For a complete listing, please contact. As a teacher at Bennington, Fredericks's students included the novelist Donna Tartt, who modeled a character on Fredericks in The Secret History (1993) and dedicated The Goldfinch (2013), winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He was removed from his teaching post for a scandal involving a male student in 1992. His copious and neurotically maintained journals are on deposit at the Getty Center.
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.
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.
A collection of ephemeral material from the 1950s-60s from the collection of Herbert Boyce Satcher, a renowned Philadelphia bibliophile. Included here are 9 paper cocktail napkins, 10 folded note cards, 11 folded greeting cards, all of which bear humorous printed greetings and images. All are in very good condition, some duplicates.
Berlin: Blaetter fuer die Kunst, 1907. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition of this work by one of Germany's most important poets. Inspired by the French symbolist poet Mallarmé's vision of art for its own sake, George devoted himself to the production of highly refined, often hermetic, poetry for an elite audience. Der Siebente Ring (The Seventh Ring) refers to the intimate group of devotees bound to George as Master and contains the extraordinary series of poems celebrating the youth in whose perfect beauty George saw an incarnation of godhead, the fourteen-year-old boy Max Kronberger. George eschewed all conventions and issued this work under the imprint of his own journal, Blaetter fuer Kunst, displaying the unique typography that George himself designed, with the elegant ornamented borders, mystical illustrations and book design of Melchior Lechter, so reminiscent of various fin-de-siecle crafts movements. A beautiful copy in the original purple linen with gilt ornaments and raised spine bands. Very light sunning to spine, a few very small stains to cover, gift inscription (not by the author) on endpaper (in the year of publication), small tear to front spine joint. Rare.