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.
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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.
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.
London: Privately Printed (1939). sm 4to., 178pp. A lovely memorial book dedicated to the life of John Holland, who died at the age of nineteen. An accomplished artist and poet, he attended Winchester and was destined for Oxford when he died of polio in Dalmatia in 1936. This edition collects his poetry and reproduces a number of his drawings and paintings in color. An attractive copy in cream linen, very light spottign to endpapers, signature on endpaper. Quite uncommon.
Sydney (1965). sm 4to. 120pp. The first book by the distinguished art historian on the work of this Australian painter and eccentric. Heavily illustrated appraisal of the romantic artist's oeurve, from his paintings in Bali to those of the many boys he surrounded himself with. Very good in very good jacket, spine sunned. Warmly inscribed by Friend to Robin Maugham on endpapers.
Philip Sainsbury at the Cayme Press (1926). The Uranian author's review of classical literature with specific reference to the influence of love in classical education. These views were originally presented to the British Society for the Study of Sex Psychology in 1914. The publisher was the nephew of the painter of boys, Henry Scott Tuke. Original maroon stiff boards, sunning to spine and light spotting to endpapers. With Anthony Reid's bookplate by Ralph Chubb.
Paris: Éditions de la Pléiade (1930). This novel was written in 1926, but only published after the death of the author's father, is filled with Freudian allusions. Jouhandeau was gay and wrote a number of books with homosexual subject matter, but married before the book was published. A very good copy, one of 100 hors commerce, initialed by the author. This copy also bears an inscription from the author to the painter Jacques Emile Blanche.
[Paris: Marcel Sautier] 1954. 8vo. 92pp. These explicitly gay stories were written psuedonymously by Jouhandeau and only published under his own name after his death. Illustrated with 15 explicitly homoerotic line drawings by the noted Swiss artist, Elie Grekoff. The book was the product of a competition initiated by Florence Gould in 1954 to create the most original erotic work- the other books in the competition were Mandiargue's l'Anglais and Paulhan's l'Histoire d'O. Very good in original decorated wrappers with light wear. One of 150 copies on Marais (#133). Larivière, 367 ; Beurdeley, 275 ; BN, Enfer, n° 1498; Pia 1324; Monod 6452. Uncommon.
Leipzig, M. Spohr (1897). 276pp. The quite rare treatise on Greek love, which advocated the creation of an organization to promote homosexual rights. Issued by Max Spohr in the same year that he also published Hirschfeld's Sappho und Sokrates, it became one of the foundational books of the gay right's movement in Germany. See Beachy, Berlin Berlin: Birthplace of Modern Gay Identity @ 89. The Viennese sexologist published several works on the subject pseudonymously, all of which are quite scarce, having largely been destroyed during the Nazi regime. He had a particular interest in the artistic sensibility of gay writers and musicians and wrote extensively on the subject. A good copy, binding is worn at edges and spine, paper label on spine, tape reinforcement to front hinge, bookplate on endpaper. Scarce.
Elysium Press (2005). Soft cover. A short story about a penpal relationship between "Marraine," ostensibly a middle aged provincial French spinster (but actually an ageing male bank clerk), and a French legionnaire serving in the Far East. Jullian paints an amusing portrait of this long distance courtship and brings the tale to a surprising conclusion. Printed letterpress in an edition of 100 copies, with illustration by the author. Fine in floral wallpaper wrappers.
Privately printed: Zürich: Bürdeke . 71pp. A collection of poems by Stefan George's acolyte, who died at the age of 16. He was idealized by George to the point of proclaiming him a god and following his death... the cult of 'Maximin' became an integral part of the George circle’s practice…" Included here are poems written in the last two years of his life. Very good in handmade paper wrappers, photographic frontispiece. Uncommon.
A Rome, Aux frais des religieuses du Couvent des Carmélites (1776) 48pp. . The Abbe Du Laurens was and intriguing subversive libertine and philosopher who spent more than 25 years in prison for his controversial writings, this being among the most licentious. This collection of essays on dildos was originally published in 1763 and is in reality a commentary on the Bible and religion and includes an essay on the subject by "M. de Saint-Evremond". Very good in original grey wrappers, slight wear to covers. Limited to 100 copies, this example is unnumbered. Perceau 42 (indicates that some copies have illustrations- not present here).
Paris: Sartorius (1874). 284pp. A diatribe by the prolific writer, which articulates every conceivable moral abomination afoot in Germany at the time, including infanticides, prostitution, homosexuality and a host of other perversities. Very good in wrappers, very light occasional spotting. Uncommon.
Elysium Press (1999). Soft cover. A previously unpublished work in which the author constructs a compelling tale of two boys, escorted by their mother and their cousin, and the hidden emotions that guide them on their journey through the Swiss Alps. One of 100 copies bound in marbled paper wrappers. There is also a harbound edition of 75 copies available (bound in wool flannel) @ 150.
Wiesbaden: Bergmann (1908). 35pp. An examination of the historical legal issues relative to homosexuality, written in the midst of the Harden–Eulenburg affair. The author references Hirschfeld, Hossli and others who had written about similar issues. Very good in blue wrappers, light wear to spine. Uncommon.