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Barcelona: Pons (1867). 310pp. 3rd. ed. A compendium of every conceivable sin relative to sex, written for the use of priests in dealing with their errant flocks. The treatise on church doctrine includes great detail relative to the variations of sexual improprieties, including bestiality, sodomy, pederasty, masturbation (with extensive discussion of the details of this vice). A fair copy in original boards, extensive browning throughout, front hing cracked, signature and stamps on title page. Uncommon.
London: Boriswood (1937). 320pp. Scouting reminiscences by the editor of the Scout. Warmly inscribed to Lancelot Allen on first free endpaper, tipped in signed photograph on endpaper, another tipped in photograph on half-title (with penned notation), bookplate of recipient. Very good in green boards, lightly sunned.
London: Curwen Press (1926). 13pp. An uncommon collection of some of Douglas's poems privately printed by A. J. A. Symons in an edition of 50 copies (this is #40). Very good in printed wrappers, light wear to covers, corrections of 4 misprints in the author's hand. Laid into a yellow linen chemise and slipcase, bookplate on front pastedown. Warmly inscribed by Douglas on endpaper ("A belated wedding gift.").
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).
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.
An extroardinary letter from Rear Admiral David G. Farragut aboard the flagship Hartford at Mobile Bay, Alabama dated September 17, 1864 addressed to Acting Ensign, Robert H. Carey aboard the USS William G. Anderson, concerning the Court Martial of a man on charges of "Scandalous conduct tending to the destruction of good morals". The accused was found guilty of acts of sodomy; in part: "After mature deliberation, the court found the accused Guilty of the Charge and sentenced as follows; viz - 'And the Court do sentence the accused, Geo. W. Curtis, Landsman, to ten years confinement at hard labor in the Parish Prison, New Orleans, La. and to the loss of all pay and freeze money now due, or which may become due to him.' I have approved the sentence of the Court in this case. You will have the prisoner sent in irons by the first opportunity to New Orleans, to be transferred to the proper authorities for confinement. This communication to be read on the Quarter deck of your vessel at general muster." The charge of sodomy had been a capital crime up until 1831, although the military did not specifically outlaw it until 1921. Homosexuality was taboo at the time, and there are very few records of it during the Civil War. No punishments were recorded for any soldiers in the army, and only a few records have been found for sailors who were charged and dismissed from the Navy. Usual mail folds, with toning being darker at the folds, some foxing. Four small strips of tape have been placed along mail folds on interior pages. Some weakness along center fold has resulted in slight separation. Two pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 10"
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.
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.
Paris, Éditions de Pan (1911). (4to) 39 pp. One of the rarest books published by the eccentric writer, limited to 130 numbered copies (this example unnumbered). Many of the poems bear printed dedications to his fellow writers, Laurent Tailhade, Georges Eekhoud, Robert Scheffer, as well as his longtime consort Nino Cesarini. The title comes from the famous garden in Sri Lanka, which Fersen had visited several years earlier on an extended trip to the island. Very good in original wrappers.
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: Rivingtons (1913). 3rd ed. Hardcover. A revised edition printed on heavy rag papers. Laid into this copy are two ALS both in the hand of the translator James Hallard. The first ALS, a postcard to the editor of the Athenaeum, which seeks to have the book reviewed. The seconf ALS, also a postcard is addressed to F.W. Lucas, the Cambridge scholar, responding to a letter from Hallard about a forthcoming revision of the text. Very good in red buckram boards, somewhat sunned.