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.
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Berlin: Blaetter fuer die Kunst, 1907. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition of this work by one of Germany's most important poets. Inspired by the French symbolist poet Mallarmé's vision of art for its own sake, George devoted himself to the production of highly refined, often hermetic, poetry for an elite audience. Der Siebente Ring (The Seventh Ring) refers to the intimate group of devotees bound to George as Master and contains the extraordinary series of poems celebrating the youth in whose perfect beauty George saw an incarnation of godhead, the fourteen-year-old boy Max Kronberger. George eschewed all conventions and issued this work under the imprint of his own journal, Blaetter fuer Kunst, displaying the unique typography that George himself designed, with the elegant ornamented borders, mystical illustrations and book design of Melchior Lechter, so reminiscent of various fin-de-siecle crafts movements. A beautiful copy in the original purple linen with gilt ornaments and raised spine bands. Very light sunning to spine, a few very small stains to cover, gift inscription (not by the author) on endpaper (in the year of publication), small tear to front spine joint. Rare.
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.
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.
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.
London: Boriswood (1932). 3rd imp. This controversial novel about a stowaway youth aboard a tramp freighter was seized and destroyed by British authorities upon publication. This edition contains re-written passages "expurged" from the first edition. A very good copy in orange boards, small water stain to front board, good jacket with only minor edgewear, browning to spine, small closed tear. With the penciled ownership signature of Brian Reade on endpaper. Young 1694.
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.
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.
London: Faber and Faber for the AIDS Crisis Trust (1991). folio. A collaborative abcderium created to raise money for the AIDS Crisis Trust orchestrated by Stephen Spender. British and American writers contributed texts to accompany Hockney's specially drawn alphabet. The written contributions are by Douglas Adams, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Patrick Leigh Fermor, William Golding, Seamus Heaney, David Hockney, Kazuo Ishiguro, Erica Jong, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Ian McEwan, Arthur Miller, Iris Murdoch, Nigel Nicolson, John Julius Norwich, Joyce Carol Oates, V. S. Pritchett, Craig Raine, Susan Sontag, Stephen Spender, John Updike, Anthony Burgess, Ted Hughes, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, and T. S. Eliot. Near fine in original yellow buckram, spine lettered in gilt on a dark blue background, cream endpapers. Signed by Hockney and Spender. Housed in the original light gray cloth slipcase with 26 colour drawings, one for each letter of the alphabet by Hockney.
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.
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.
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.
London: Colburn (1826). New Edition 380pp. Anna Brownell Jameson (1794 - 1860) was an unusual woman of her age with several failed romances and a life of travel. She broke off her engagement to Robert Jameson in 1820,and left for Italy as a governess and published "The Diary of an Ennuye" in 1825, a fictitious account of her travels in Italy. It gained her some notoriety when it was revealed that is wasn't completely autobiographical. Her husband took the position as a judge in Dominica in 1829, and she went with her father and Sir Gerard Noel to the Continent when her marriage failed. Anna went to Germany where she became very fond of sculptor Henry Behnes Burlow, who died in the cholera epidemic in 1837. Before his death, Burlow introduced her to Robert Noel, cousin to Lady Byron, who then introduced her to the Goethe family. She had an extensive correspondence with Lady Byron, but most of her papers were lost or destroyed. Very good in contemporary marbled boards, some wear to boards and spine, but a pleasing copy of a quite uncommon book. Bookplate on front pastedown, with occasional light browning.
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 (#44). Larivière, 367 ; Beurdeley, 275 ; BN, Enfer, n° 1498; Pia 1324; Monod 6452. Uncommon.
Koh is a gay performance and visual artist who often used the term "asianpunkboy" to identify his works, which have been included in many notable collections. This is a boxed set to accompany his first solo exhibition, "The Whole Family" in 2003, comprising a list of elements for the show, a series of 21 lavender tinted portraits of one young man, short works by Bruce Labruce, AA Bronson, Matthias Herrmann, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, and Ryan McGinley (all relating to boys), a sample of lavender, a music CD, and a paper airplane. Housed in original cardboard clamshell box with blind-stamped pastedown label. Limited edition, one of 100 copies. Light wear to box, but the contents are fine as issued.
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.