Paris: La Revue Blanche (15 mars 1896). Gauthier-Villars was a French fin-de-siecle writer and music critic who is today mostly known as the mentor and first husband of Colette. This short essay was written several years after his marriage to Colette and is a response to an article written by Oscar Panizza about the appeal of Wagner's Parsifal to homosexuals. The essay references Ulrichs and Oscar Wilde and is one of several essays on related subjects that appeared in the same year in La Revue Blanche (by Lord Alfred Douglas, Charles Kains Jackson and others). Very good in original wrappers, front cover lightly worn.
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München : Delphin-Verlag, . 150pp. Giese (1890-1935) was a German psychologist who dealt in particular with psychotechnology . Giese describes the differences between the ideals of beauty in America versus Europe and conjures a variety of explanations, including eugenics and various business models. deal with everything from victory in war to differences in business models. Very good in good (worn at edges with small tears, etc). Uncoommon.
Paris: L'Édition Moderne . 287pp. A novel centered around the story of Antinoüs and his love for the Emperor Hadrian. One of several collaborations between the two accomplished authors. A good copy in decorative wrappers, light wear to covers with small chips and closed tears to wrappers. It appears the original wrappers have been tipped on to a replacement paper spine. Warmly inscribed by both authors on endpaper.
A fascinating group of 27 pen and pencil drawings by Gaston Goor, circa 1924. Gaston Goor (1902-1977 ) was a highly accomplished, but controversial painter of adolescent boys, a metier that he pursued nearly all of his adult life. These very early drawings demonstrate the range of his talent and are a precursor to some of his several illustrated for writers such as Charles Maurras and others. Various sizes, please inquire for details.
Cannes: Chez l'Auteur (1955). 4to. A lavishly illustrated collection of "reportages" on nudism, homosexuels and various louche activities in Lyon. Illustrated throughout by Julien Pavil, along with eight color lithographs of various amusing couplings. Introduction by Pierre Mac Orlan. A very good copy in wrappers, this copy is warmly inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Very good in a very good cardboard slipcase. One of 450 numbered copies, although considerably scarcer than this limitation would indicate. Warmly inscribed by Grancher on front endpaper.
London: Boriswood (1932). 3rd imp. This controversial novel about a stowaway youth aboard a tramp freighter was seized and destroyed by British authorities upon publication. This edition contains re-written passages "expurged" from the first edition. A very good copy in orange boards, small water stain to front board, good jacket with only minor edgewear, browning to spine, small closed tear. With the penciled ownership signature of Brian Reade on endpaper. Young 1694.
Paris: Ollendorf (1923). 1st Edition. Soft cover. One of the most important pre-War gay novels written in France. The novel has strong revolutionary elements of anarchism, and captures the spirit of the age, including vivid descriptions of the drag balls of Paris. The protagonist, an academic, falls in love with his friend Didier, but the relationship is complicated by Didier's sister Hélène, who also loves Ryls. Very good in original wrappers, light browning. Tamagne, Thèse, 543 ; Barbedette, 310.
Paris: 7 Octobre 1923. This unsigned essay on the front page of the newspaper Comoedia is a sympathetic review of one of the most important gay novels written in France. The novel has strong revolutionary elements of anarchism, and captures the spirit of the age, including vivid descriptions of the drag balls of Paris. The protoganist, an academic, falls in love with his friend Didier, but the relationship is complicated by Didier's sister Hélène, who also loves Ryls. Guy Levis Mano described the work thusly: 'ce poème audacieux et magnifique de la beauté du corps mâle". Tamagne, Thèse, 543 ; Barbedette, 310. Good, browned paper and light edgewear.
London: Cassell (1939). 636pp. Hichens is perhaps best known as the author of the Green Carnation and his friendship with Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas. This lengthy novel opens with a visit by the protagonist to Magnus Hirschfeld's tomb in Nice, and one of the characters is inspired by Hirschfeld's partner and protégé, Li Shiu Tong. A very good copy in the original jacket, which has light wear small closed tears at edges, signature on endpaper and light browning to endpapers. Uncommon. The American edition was issued the following year.
London : John F. Shaw and Co., . 383pp. An historical novel about Gavestone, the favorite of King Edward II. It was alleged by medieval chroniclers that Edward II and Piers Gaveston were lovers, a rumour that was reinforced by later portrayals in fiction, such as Christopher Marlowe's late 16th-century play Edward II. An uncommon book, very good in illustrated boards, with light wear.
Paris: Librairie des connaissances médicales, . 120pp. One of a series of publications by the author on various subjects related to sexology. He recounts a number of case histories of homosexuals in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, with numerous details on physical appearance, dress and behavior. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers. Uncommon.
Paris: La Revue Blanche (1 Octobre 1896). Soft cover. Jackson contributes this essay on homosexuality and its place in society. His philosophical argument draws on Darwin, Raffalovich, Kraft-Ebbing, Havelock Ellis and others and is quite forward-looking in its plea for acceptance. Very good in original wrappers. Also included is the first appearance of Robert Scheffer's work, "Le Prince Narcisse: etude passionelle," a gay work subsequently published the following year. Very good, light wear and browning to wrappers and spine, small discoloration at spine.
[Ankara] Forum . 246pp. Death in Troy is a novel of repressed homosexuality by popular Turkish writer Bilge Karasu (1930-1995). A young man growing up in a small coastal village comes of age in an atmosphere of sublimated, disoriented male eroticism. Governed by religious and sexual taboos, rigid gender roles, stifling maternal love, and the enforced silences of social decorum, he is driven to the point of insanity from which he slowly and painfully returns. Told from several points of view and structured in a series of intersecting flashbacks and interior monologues, the novel describes the difficult geography of male intimacy from multiple perspectives-adolescent friendship, homosexual desire, mother-son bonds, and those between men and women. Perhaps the most important modern gay Turkish novel. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers. Uncommon.
Koh is a gay performance and visual artist who often used the term "asianpunkboy" to identify his works, which have been included in many notable collections. This is a boxed set to accompany his first solo exhibition, "The Whole Family" in 2003, comprising a list of elements for the show, a series of 21 lavender tinted portraits of one young man, short works by Bruce Labruce, AA Bronson, Matthias Herrmann, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, and Ryan McGinley (all relating to boys), a sample of lavender, a music CD, and a paper airplane. Housed in original cardboard clamshell box with blind-stamped pastedown label. Limited edition, one of 100 copies. Light wear to box, but the contents are fine as issued.