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Oxford: Blackwell (1919). Ten short prose pieces with a mildly homoerotic bent similar to those in his "Dream Comrades". Green was a member of the Uranian group of poets, which included John Gambril Nicholson and others. Very good in green boards, slight rumple to spine. Inscribed on title page by the author.
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 According to Maurice Magnus' unpublished memoir of Capri, this book was actually translated by Norman Douglas and his sister Mary (while intoxicated).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.
Eton: R.I. Drake ; London: Simpkin, Marshall (1884). 84pp. sm 8vo. Eton tales, revolving around the exploits of a boy named "Jickling." The attribution of this small book is unclear- there is a penciled notation in this copy (Oliver Brett's) that the author was E.C. Grenville-Murray, but most others attribute it to W. H. Tucker. A very good copy in Eton blue boards, bookplate of Oliver Brett (3d Viscount of Esher) on front pastedown, his pencilled signature on endpaper, and his ownership ink stamp on front half-title. In addition, there is a bookplate of John Baker on endpaper.
Paris: Librairie Marcel Rivière (1955). 23pp. A record of the Guérin's observations of the Spanish Civil War and his call for an end to fascism in all of its manifestations. The author was an articulate spokesman for anarchism and an early and ardent proponent of free love and homosexuality. He was a leading figure in the French Left from the 1930s until his death in 1988. Very good in lightly browned staple wrappers, some tearing at spine. 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.
Paris: Contact Publishing (1923). 61pp. In addition to being considered one of the foremost American painters of the first half of the 20th century, Hartley also wrote poems, essays, and stories. His book Twenty-five Poems was published by Robert McAlmon in Paris in 1923. First edition, signed by Hartley on the title page, from an edition surmised to be only 300 copies. Original gray wrappers printed in black, in original glassine sleeve. 7 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches (19.5 x 14.5 cm); 60 pp., unopened. A superlative copy of the volume, the glassine with a few chips.
(NP: ND). 43pp. Soft cover. A collection of the "coarser poems" of the seventeenth century poet. This appears to be an appendix to another edition, not present here. Although undated, the collection appears to date from the late nineteenth century, although perhaps a bit earlier, Very good in plain brown wrappers with penned label, covers a bit worn. An oddity, only weveral OCLC holdings.
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.
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.
[PAB: Ales] (1968). A complete collection of six rare anonymous publications by Marcel Jouhandeau, all published anonymously by Pierre André Benoit's PAB Editions. All of the works have explicitly homosexual themes and were published towards the end of his life when he became more open about his homosexual inclinations, but nonetheless insisted on such works being published without his name. Included are the following, a complete set of the "Museé Secret" collection, each of which is hand -numbered from an edition of only forty copies, the total edition being limited to only 47 copies. All are beautifully printed and bear various cover illustrations by an unknown hand. All copies are fine in original wrappers (19 x 13 cm.). See PAB Musée Fabre n° 465-470. 1) Poèmes Sotadiques. NP [PAB]: Décembre (1968). 8vo. 32pp. 2) Mon Carnet de Bal. NP [PAB]: Novembre (1968). 8vo. 24pp. 3) Le Boulanger. NP [PAB]: Septembre (1968). 8vo. 12pp. 4) L'Homme. NP [PAB]: 26 Juillet (1968). 8vo. 24pp. 5) Chat et Cactus. NP [PAB]: Mai (1968). 8vo. 12pp. 6) Le Jardin des Hésperides. NP [PAB]: Mars (1968). 8vo. 20pp. Unique edition limited to 40 numbered copies (no. 37). The covers of the fascicles are each decorated with a vignette, the first two by Jean Hugo, the other four by Benoit. laid in to a custom black velvet box, along with a printed copy of the letter sent by Jouhandeau to PAB. All of the issues are fien in original wrappers. Bookplate of Vincent Morel on the interior of the box.
[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 (#44). Larivière, 367 ; Beurdeley, 275 ; BN, Enfer, n° 1498; Pia 1324; Monod 6452. Uncommon. $600.00.
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.
London: Golden Cockerel Press (1950). 271pp. Hardcover. One of 370 copies printed, translated by Count Lutzow. Illustrated with line drawings by Dorothea Braby. Pictorial cream-colored cloth, teg. Designed and produced by Christopher Sandford. This copy is warmly inscribed by Sandford to his fellow artist Ralph Chubb on front endpaper. A lovely copy with light wear to covers.
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.
Paris: Urbain Canel (1826). 226pp. The controversial anonymous novel, originally attributed to the Duchesse Claire de Duras, created a scandal when published. The story revolves around a romantic intrigue that was in fact based upon the homosexual Marquis de Custine’s broken engagement to Duras’ daughter in 1820. Although never explicit, the novel was clearly designed to provoke and it actually prevented Duras from publishing her own similarly titled novel during her lifetime (it only appeaed in 1971). At one point in the novel, the narrator remarks, “Confidence was full and reciprocal between the two friends... except on one point, the subject of their loves....Olivier, in this matter, was reserved and excessively mysterious.” See Kilian, Nos ancêtres, les pervers: Reading Queerly and Constructing the Homosexual Before the Closet.