Lyon: Bosc (1935). 100pp. An interesting doctoral dissertation dealing with the question of assorted "perversions" engaged in by members of the French army, with an extended case studies and descriptions of homosexual behavior. Inscribed by the author on endpaper. Quite uncommon. very good in very good, lightly worn wrappers.
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Paris: La Bonne Compagnie (1944). sm 4to. Soft cover. 1/600 copies on Beau Velin Blanc, numeroous pouchoir illustrations by Christian Berard (his last illustrated book). Very good copy in original wrappers, spine sunned and lightly cracked.
Lyon: Archives d'anthropologie Criminelle de Criminologie et de Psychologie normale et Pathologique. Tome XV #90: 15 November 1900. This contribution by the noted sexologist contains a number of case histories on "sexual perversions" including a discussion of "homosexualité et uranisme." He discusses the recent literature on the subject, including André Raffalovich's writings and those of other researchers. Very good in original wrappers, sunning and edgewar.
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.
Trier (1942-1944) (3" x 4 1/4"). A unique WWII prison album of 15 black and white photographs and 1 negative documenting a romance between two French prisoners of war interned at the Stalag XII-D in Trier, Germany. Spanning a period between November 1942 and May 1944, most of the photographs and inscriptions on versos reveal a romance between Francis Garnier-Arnoul (the owner of the album) and a certain Christian. Among the inscriptions are the following: "Te connaitre, te voir, t'aimer. Bien douces choses Kiki. Gardons et profitons de ces jours heureux en souhaitant que cela puisse continuer. Ch" (To know you, to see you, to love you. Sweet things Kiki. Let's enjoy and always remember these hapy days withthe hope that this may last. Ch). "Trois jours que je ne t'ai vu. C'est long. Crois moi. Le soir je te verrai, et ma joie reviendra. Si tu pouvais lire en moi-meme maintent. Christian." (Three days I have not seen you. It's long. believe me. This evening I will see you, and my joy will return. If you could read me right now. Christian). "Unis par la pensee et par le coeur. Toujours l'un avec l'autre. Christian." (United by the mind and the heart. Always with each other. Christian) This wallet-size album contains five photographs showing the two lovers together (including one duplicate). Other photographs depict some of Francis' friends at the camp (Bruno, Louison, Elie, as well as a Dutch prisoner of war named Henk Timmer). Included are photographs indicating that the two lovers were part of the team publishing the Stalag newspaper. Five of the 15 photographs are inscribed by fellow prisoners of war who befriended Francis during their captivity. Most of the original photographs measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", with one measuring 2 3/4" x 2 1/2" . Very good, album is partly rubbed along edges, with paper string missing, most plastic sleeves to house the photographs are split or missing. Photographs in very good condition.
Daniel O'Connor, London. 1922. Hardcover. Cream colored buckram bindign with gilt decorative cover and spine, top edge gilt, decorative endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Gay, plus fifteen full page illustrations and facsimile of original title page. (i)-xxiv, 91 pages, including Bibliography, Index and Notes. Endpapers lightly browned, covers lightly rubbed and marked. Very good. Reprinted from the 1716 first edition.
Berlin: Blaetter für die Kunst (1907). 4to. 53 pp. The lavishly produced tribute create by Stefan George to honor his talented young consort, Maximilian Kronberger. George's homosexuality is most clearly revealed in the love poetry he devoted to Kronberger, whom he identified as a manifestation of the divine. Kronberger died unexpectedly of meningitis in 1904 on the day after his 16th birthday. Deified by George, the cult of 'Maximin' became an integral part of the George circle. Printed in red and black with gold embossed cover drawing by Melchior Lechter and gilt edges. One of 200 numbered copies printed on Japanese paper, vellum boards, gilt edges, decorative devices throughout. photographic frontispiece. A stunning example of a very rare book.
Bruxelles: Imprimerie N. Vandersypen (1896). Soft cover. A record Gide's travels through North Africa. Uncommon. Original wrappers with light edgewear and cracking to spine, very small tear on endpaper, front cover loose. Uncommon.
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 quintessential original pastel drawing by Gaston Goor (5.5" x 10") depicting an largely unclad impish young man eating a banana. As with many of his works, the drawing was made on a black drawing paper and uses a full palette of colors. Very good condition, ex-Peyrefitte collection.
Paris: Horizons de France (1929). 298pp. A collection of writings by Mario Meunier, Jean Giono, Alain-Fournier and others, illustrated throughout with head pieces by Gaston Goor. Very good in wrappers.
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.
Dijon (1955). Soft cover. Uncommon gay novel set in 1950s France. Fine in wrappers.
Paris: Editions du Scorpion (1959). Soft cover. Uncommon collection of essays on homosexuality by the important French gay activist and principal of th elong-running journal Arcadie. Inscribed by the author to his aunt and uncle on title page. A very good copy in wrappers.
Paris: Maison Quantin (1888) 4to. The writer’s third publication and perhaps his most infamous, with an erotic frontispiece engraving by Felicien Rops. One of 347 numbered copies. A very good copy in original wrappers, slight loss at head and tail of spine.
London: David Nutt (1893). Hardcover. Erotic poetry from the master Persian poet. One of sixty large paper copies printed on Japanese vellum. Very good in illustrated boards.
[New York?]: Printed by the Art-Guild Press (1935). An unusually nice copy of this rare erotic illustrated book, replete with every conceivable amorous coupling. The book appeared with a number of various variant covers- ths example is stiff blue boards.
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.
Leipzig: Verlag Max Sphr (1904). 744 pp. The 1904 edition of this important yearbook of research on homosexuality by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld. The Jahrbuch ran from 1899-1923 and is the most important record of such research ever accumulated. This example contains several essays on von Platen Hallermünde, essays by Hirschfeld and Benedict Friedlaender and Caspar Wirz. Several illustrations, as well as a bibliography of books with homosexual relevance recently published. A very nice copy in the original binding, very light wear to covers.
Leipzig: Max Spohr (1901). 616pp. The third volume of this long-running series, with works by Richard von Krafft-Ebing ("Recent studies in the field of homosexuality") and Magnus Hirschfeld ("Are sexual intermediates for marriage for?"), along with a detailed bibliography of homosexuality for the year 1900. Very good in original binding, light discoloration on spine from an old label, small ownership stamp on front pastedown, light edgewear and bumping to corners.
Paris: Librairie Medicale (1908). The first French edition of this extraordinary book about homosexual life, society and culture in the first decade of the century. Near fine in 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: Grant Richards (1922). Last Poems was a tribute to Housman's close friend, Moses Jackson. One of his best known poems is included in the collection It contains one of his best known poems, Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries " about the Second Battle of Ypres. This is the correct first edition with the typographical errors on page 52. A very good copy in original dark boards, lightly scuffed, light occasional foxing. With the Raffolovich Bequest bookplate on front pastedown and the Dominican Fathers cancellation stamp on first endpaper.
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.