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Treptow-Berlin :Bernhard Zacks Verlag (1908). xv, 322p. + 88p. The second edition of the pioneering gay activist's magnum opus which served as a manifesto for the revival of Grecian male bonding, ranging from close friendship to homosexual activity. His Gemeinschaft der Eigenen (Community of the Exceptional), founded a year before the publication of Renaissance, "demonstated a decidedly hostile attitude towards the modern era [which made] difficult, if not impossible, the untiy of body and soul." A very good copy in original blue linen boards with decorative gilt titling, light wear to covers, penciled underlining throughout.
Berlin: Barsdorf (1919). 240pp. A history of the Eulenburg scandal, which received wide publicity and is often considered the biggest domestic scandal of the German Second Empire. It led to one of the first major public discussions of homosexuality and was the first occasion that the word "homosexual" was introduced into common usage. A good copy in boards, spine is damaged, original wrappers present.
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.
Berlin: Eckstein . Fuchs was a prolific writer on issues related to homosexuality and was one of the very few people of his era to openly declare his homosexuality during the Wilhelmine era. One of the founding members of Adolf Brand's Gemeinschaft der Eigenen, he was praised for his openness by Magnus Hirschfeld in the Jahrbuch für sexuelle Zwischenstufen in 1903. See Keilson-Lauritz, Dis Geschichte der eigenen Geschichte; Eldorado 1984 @ 49; Hergmöller, Mann für Mann @ 257-58. Very good in decorative wrappers, light edge wear.
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.
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: Fisher Unwin (1896). The English translation of this acclaimed work on Capri by Ferdinand Gregorovius, originally published in 1868. According to Maurice Magnus' unpublished memoir of Capri, this book was actually translated by Norman Douglas and his sister Mary (while intoxicated). As Magnus and Douglas were quite close friends for a time, there may be some merit to the statement, although Douglas' biographer Mark Holloway attributes the translation solely to Mary Douglass Fairbairn. Norman Douglas was introduced to Gregorovius' work by his first Italian teacher and the book played an important role in his later interest in Capri, where he lived for many years and died there in 1952. A fair copy, corners bumped, blue boards a bit marked. Quite uncommon.
London: Rivingtons (1899). An uncommon collection of verse, some of which is highly Uranian in tone ("Behold the carven beauty of his brow, The mystic eyes that gaze so far away, The tender lips, the hyacinth hair of him, And moulded marvel of every limb!"). Hallard is also known for his translations of Theocritus. A good copy in faded boards, front hinge splitting a bit, inscribed by the author on endpaper. The front pastedown bears a penned notation on the recipient of the book.
Au Mont de Venus (1947). 4to. 24 full page illustrations. A quite uncommon illustrated erotic text, recounting the various heterosexual and homosexual encounters of a young Frenchmen. The book was condemned by the French Tribunal the year after publication (and again in 1953) and is exceedingly uncommon, but the identity of the author remains unknown. The illustrator, although not attributed, was undoubtedly Antonin Soungouroff, a Russian emigre who settled in France in the 1930s. He was a denizen of the south of France and became known for his portraits of attractive young fisherman in the area (many of which decorated the walls of the famous Zanzibar in Cannes). Friends with many avant-garde artists such as Jean Cocteau, Christian Bérard and Roger Peyrefitte, his works were collected by many in the gay world of the 1950s and 60s. Dutel 1819. Bécourt, Livres condamnés 43. Very good in wrappers, light edgewear, occasional edgewear, chemise and slipcase are worn at edges, but intact.
Paris: Bibliothèque d'hygiène des deux sexes (1891). 117pp. Essay on the causes and effects of homosexuality by the prolific doctor who wrote on a wide variety of related issues. The doctor also has helpful hints on curing such disorders, which include loose fitting clothing and not spending too much time in soft beds. The book went through several editions. A good copy in worn wrappers, with loss to spine, small tears to edges.
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.
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.