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Paris: L'Edition (1918). 284pp. Memoirs of the famous French tragedien, who befriended Cocteau at a young age and helped to launch his career as a poet. Illustrated throughout with 24 drawings of Jean Lorrain, Robert de Montesquiou, Henri Bernstein, Sacha Guitry, Sarah Bernhardt, Edmond Rostand and others by Cappiello, de Losques, Lucien Laforge, etc. One of only thirty numbered copies on Japon (after 12 on Chine), this copy is also adorned with a warm inscription from the author on a title page from another addition which is tipped onto endpaper. A very nice copy in original decorated wrappers.
London: Fortune Press (1926). 4to. Hardcover. One of 500 copies printed by Maurice Darantiere. A very good copy bound in modern 1/4 leather and marbled paper boards, raised bands and gilt titling, top edge gilt with decoration, slipcase. Ownership signature of Islay de Courcy Lyons on endpaper. A lovely copy with very occasional light foxing. d’Arch Smith 165.
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.
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.
München: Verl. Akropolis . 130pp. 2nd. One of the most uncommon of the visionary writer's works, a morality fantasy/fairytale about a young prince and his relationship with the mysterious Tio. Elisar von Kupffer (1872-1942) was a Baltic German artist, anthologist, poet, historian, translator, and playwright who settled, along with his longtime partner, Eduard von Mayer, in Locarno, Switzerland in the 1920s. T See Ricci, Ritter, Tod und Eros: die Kunst Elisar von Kupffers (1872-1942) at 187. A near fine copy in the original wrappers. All copies of the book of which we are aware are second editions.
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.
Genève (1880). 4to. An erotic classic, first published in 1867, the text was attributed by Apollinaire to Gustave Droz and has been interpreted by various artists with erotic plates. This edition was illustrated by Brouet, one of the finest original etchers of early twentieth century French art. Bound in half dark brown morocco over marbled paper boards, spine lettered and panelled in gilt with coloured decorations of autumnal leaves, top edge gilt; with 8 erotic etched illustrations by Brouet and two extra unused plates bound in at the rear. Spine a little sunned, otherwise a very good copy. Limited edition of 125 numbered copies, this copy includes 2 extra unused etched plates by Brouet bound in at the rear. From the library of diplomat and politician Duff Cooper, first Viscount Norwich with his Rex Whistler designed bookplate. BN Enfer 822, Pia 761.
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: L. Vanier (1901). 203pp. An early collection of "poemes de l'enfance" by Fersen, who fled from France to Capri when his "messes noires" with young men gained the attention of Parisian authorities. Very good in decorative jacket by Louis Morin, who also contributed several drawings in the text. Introduction by Edmond Rostand.
Léon Vanier/Albert Messein: Paris (1903). 4to. 174pp. Soft cover. This volume of poetry was written the same year as the author's "Messes Noires" scandal. It was also the year of his friendship with Loulou Locré, a pupil at the Lycée Carnot and of his ultimately disastrous association with Albert François de Warren, a contemporary who appears in Peyrefitte's novel about Fersen. Very good in original green wrappers with a tipped-on photograph of the author. Quite uncommon.
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.
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.