(Paris:1947) [Jacques Loyau]. 4to. One of Genet's most uncommon publications, in which he collaborated with his friend and confidant, Leonor Fini. According to Edmund White's biography of Genet, this long poem is essentially an homage to a murderer called Harcamone, also the name of the hero in his Miracle of the Rose. Six homoerotic drawings by Fini are laid into the text. The book was condemned in July of 1954 by the tribunal Correctionnel de la Seine, along with his book Querrelle (illustrated by Cocteau) and Genet was fined 100,000 francs. Pia, col. 552.) Of a total edition of 88 copies, this is one of 8 copies for presentation, this example bearing the printed name of "Monsieur Georges Visat," the renowned French printer, editor and artist who may have had a role in the production of the book. A very good copy in wrappers, a few of the images are very lightly spotted, chemise has light edgewear, slipcase is a bit worn and browned. Rare.
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Paris: Gallimard (1928). One of 1,200 numbered copies printed for "les amis de l'Édition originale" printed on Lafuma-Navarre. A fine copy in original wrappers laid into a marbled paper and vellum slipcase and box.
A reproduction of Gilbert's famous "All is Vanity" from the collection of Sam Steward. Charles Allan Gilbert (September 3, 1873 – April 20, 1929), better known as C. Allan Gilbert, was a prominent American illustrator. He is especially remembered for a widely published drawing (a memento mori or vanitas) titled All Is Vanity. The drawing employs a double image (or visual pun) in which the scene of a woman admiring herself in a mirror, when viewed from a distance, appears to be a human skull. The title is also a pun, as this type of dressing-table is also known as a vanity. The phrase "All is vanity" comes from Ecclesiastes 1:2 (Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.) It refers to the vanity and pride of man. In art, vanity has long been represented as a woman preoccupied with her beauty. And art that contains a human skull as a focal point is called a memento mori (Latin for "remember you will die"), a work that reminds people of their mortality. Very good (image is 10" x 12.5"), framed in a simple wooden frame with light wear.
Paris; Bernard Grasset. 1st Edition. Soft cover.
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.
Paris: Cres (1914). Soft cover. One of 114 numbered copies on vert chartreuse. Very good in original green wrappers, rear hinge a bit weak. Gourmont's classic devoted to his friend Nathalie Barney.
Privately Published (1920). 4to. The first edition of this collection of five homoerotic stories, illustrated with 7 hand colored images by Rudolf Pütz. Von Busse (1885-1939) was an artist and prominent theater director and editor of the magazine "Die Scene". The book was seized by the authorities and banned shortly after publication, but despite this, another edition appeared the following year, which was also seized and destroyed. See Goodbye to Berlin? 100 Jahre Schwulenbewegung @111; Bilderlex. IV, 254f. Hergemöller, Mann fur Mann @ 170. Polunbi 109. A modern reprint was issued in 1993, albeit without all of the images in the present volume. One of 100 specially numbered copies all of which are hand colored and signed by the author. Very good in red paper boards, marbled endpapers, some wear to spine, but internally very good.
Minneapolis: Directory Services (1965). Third printing of first edition of the 1960s early homophile publications. Included are poetry, essays and numerous black and white photographs of nude male subjects. Very good in wrappers, light wear to covers, small price sticker on front cover.
Monaco: Éditions du Rocher (1962). sm. 4to. 94pp. A frankly autobiographical essay about the author's homosexuality, illustrated with five drawings by André Masson. Guérin wrote a number of works focusing on anarchism and was a close friend of André Gide. Very good in wrappers, one of 200 special numbered copies.
New York: A. E. Cluett & Co. (1896). 235pp. An uncommon novel by the prolific right-wing anarchist A fair copy, boards a bit worn, hinge cracking a bit, spine sunned.
Leipzig: Herbert Eulenberg (1913). 20pp. A collection of poetry by the prominent gay rights activist and collaborator with Adolf Brand, Magnus Hirschfeld and the Wissenschaftlich-humanitärem Komitee. He published a number of articles for Brand's Der Eigene magazine. See Hergemoller, Mann fur Mann @321; OOsterhuis, Homosexuality and Male Bondong in Pre-Nazi Germany @ 85. A very good copy in original mustard wrappers, one of 200 special signed and numbered copies, printed on Japon.
Rome (1785; 1787). 2 vols. 8vo. Hardcover. A lovely set of these two classic erotic texts which originally appeared several years earlier. Each volume is illustrated with twenty-five engravings of a highly erotic nature, illustrating the erotic lives of various Roman emperors and Classical figures. The books are uniformly bound in full morocco, raised dentelles, marbled endpapers. Very good, light scuffing to spine of one volume, ocassional light browning.
Madrid: J. Pueyo (1912). 168pp. One of a number of works by the prolific Spanish journalist. Here he recounts tales of the "tragedies" of his race- kings, bullfighters, bishops, courtesans, artists, pedophiles and thieves. Very good in original wrappers.
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.
London. Elkin Mathews (1893). #2. This issue of the elegantly produced fin de siecle journal includes contributions by Verlaine, Arnold Dolmetsche and Horne and includes a frontispiece by Charles Shannon and a drawing by Simeon Solomon. A number of prominent writers and artists contributed to the journal (including Wilde, Symonds, Ernest Dowson and Lionel Johnson). Very good, light edge wear to covers, first pages lightly foxed, but very good overall. Laid into a custom linen chemise.
Paris: Hours Press (1941). 4to. The eccentric Bright Young Thing's first collection of published poetry, printed by Nancy Cunard. His work was highly praised at the time, but he never achieved critical success and eventually committed suicide in 1958, after years of drug and alcohol use. Original leather-backed blue paper boards decorated with designs by John Banting, gilt lettering on spine. One of 150 letterpress copies printed on Canson-Montgolfier and signed by the author. Very good, light wear to spine, light wear and darkening to covers, occasional light foxing on endpapers as usual.
NP: Hubert (1919). 229pp. A detailed polemic by this French lawyer in which he decries the "Catholic renaissance" which began in the 1880s and the "decadent" literary world of Huysmans, Claudel, Rimbaud, Bloy and many others. The mystical strains in symbolist literature, including frequent representations of homosexuality, satanism, etc. are addressed in detail by Hubert, who resists the efforts by Catholic thinkers to alter traditional beliefs. The cover of the work lists the range of his objections: "Prétendu 'renouveau catholique': en réalité, outrage aux moeurs et satanisme flagrants.-"L'appel des Armes de Psichari ou la Réhabilitation du lupanar: ses "Terres de soleil"- ou la apologie de la pédérastie; scandaleuse réclame des "Études".... For a detailed discussion of the controversies surrounding these issues, see Schloesser, Jazz Age Catholicism: Mystic Modernism in Postwar Paris, 1919-1933 (36 et seq.) A quite uncommon publication, good in rather worn wrappers, spine worn, rear wrapper missing.
London (1967). The author's first and only novel is the amusing story of two young men at Oxford. Very good in very good decorative jacket by Philippe Jullian. One of 50 special signed and numbered copies from a total edition of 500 copies. Young 1967.
Paris: Librairie de la tradition nationale (1897). 21pp. Illustrated essay on the notorious Gilles de Rais by one of the foremost figures of the Decadent movement in literature. Five photographs of the Chateau de Tiffauges and the environs are reproduced in the text, which was delivered by Huysmans as a lecture at the Congrès d'Ethnographie et d'Art populaire in 1896. One of 100 numbered copies, none of which were for sale, this is example #47 inscribed by publisher on front endpaper. Very good in wrappers, wrappers browned, spine starting. Uncommon.
Bruxelles: Sous le Manteau (1881). Huysmans contributes the quite explicitly homosexual Sonnet Masculin to this controversial collection of erotic texts. The edition was limited to 175 copies reserved for subscribers- this is Volume I (of 2). Good in rather worn boards, edges rubbed, marbled endpapers, a bit of spotting. Uncommon.
Montevideo (28 Jan 1926). 4to. A copy of the long-running Uruguayan magazine of culture with a provocative cover illustration and the caption “Cual es “El?" (What is "He...'?"). Very good, light cover wear and wear to spine with light glue residue.
Christie's: New York (6 October 1988). Soft cover. Wirks by Tchelitchew, Berman, Bérard, Fine and many others. Also included are the author's own publications. Illustrated. Fien in wrappers. A.
Paris (1933). Soft cover. Exhibition catalog for the series of ballet performances subsidized at great expense by James. Boris Kochno produced these performances, which included set designs by Tchelitchew, Christian Berard, Derain and others. Performances by Toumanova, Tilly Losch, music by Nicholas Nabokov, Kurt Weill, Tchaikovsky. Very good in wrappers, a little worn at head and tale of spine, with program sheets laid in, light browning to covers and small closed tears at spine. Uncommon.
Old Stile Press (1981). A poem originally published in 1916, issued here in an edition of 100 copies printed letterpress. Very good in sewn brown wrappers.