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 According to Maurice Magnus' unpublished memoir of Capri, this book was actually translated by Norman Douglas and his sister Mary (while intoxicated).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.
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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: 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.
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.
Rome (1785; 1787). 2 vols. 8vo. Hardcover. A lovely set of these two classic erotic texts which originally appeared several years earlier. Each volume is illustrated with twenty-five engravings of a highly erotic nature, illustrating the erotic lives of various Roman emperors and Classical figures. The books are uniformly bound in full morocco, raised dentelles, marbled endpapers. Very good, light scuffing to spine of one volume, ocassional light browning.
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.
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.
[Alès] : [PAB] (1974). 12pp. One of several homoerotic works by Jouhandeau published by his friend Pierre-Andre Benoit. The works were all published anonymously and issued in very small editions. One of 40 numbered copies (#37), printed on heavyweight handmade paper. Near fine in original white printed wrappers.
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.
An original pen and ink drawing of two young lovers (3.5" x 3"). Matted and framed (8.25" x 8.5"). Philippe Jullian (1919 – 1977) was a French illustrator, art historian, biographer, aesthete, novelist and dandy. The drawing was likely used to illustrate one of the many illustrated books for which he became well known. Very good in gilt frame.
[Ankara] Forum . 246pp. Death in Troy is a novel of repressed homosexuality by popular Turkish writer Bilge Karasu (1930-1995). A young man growing up in a small coastal village comes of age in an atmosphere of sublimated, disoriented male eroticism. Governed by religious and sexual taboos, rigid gender roles, stifling maternal love, and the enforced silences of social decorum, he is driven to the point of insanity from which he slowly and painfully returns. Told from several points of view and structured in a series of intersecting flashbacks and interior monologues, the novel describes the difficult geography of male intimacy from multiple perspectives-adolescent friendship, homosexual desire, mother-son bonds, and those between men and women. Perhaps the most important modern gay Turkish novel. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers. Uncommon.
Paris: Editions Serendip (2004). sm 4to. A beautifully produced facsimile ediiton of a photograph album assembled by Boris Kochno in the mid 1920s. The photographs include Pavel Tchelitchew , René Crevel, Eugène and Léonid Berman, Louis Marcoussis, George Auric and many others. Many of the images relate to vacation scenes in and around Toulon. One of only 200 copies printed letterpress, with an Introduction by Patrick Mauriés. Fine in stiff wrappers and slipcase.
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.
Lyon: A. Rey (1921). 457pp. Alexandre Lacassagne was a French physician and criminologist who edited the influential Archives d'anthropologie criminelle for many years. It was in this context that he became acquainted with Andre Raffalovich, who contributed a number of essays on homosexuality to the journal. This was the author's last work and bears a warm inscription to Raffalovich on front endpaper. Very good in original wrappers.
London: H. Henry & Co. (1896). 311pp. A rare decadent novel in the form of a journal and letters, which resembles a French Symbolism work. The introduction cautions: "Basil Brooke....[has] a tendency toward softness, fatalistic acquiescence, and pervasive unsatisfactoriness which are so regrettably "in the air"...he becomes one which it may be good to present at the present time- if only for warning." There are descriptions of decadent London rooms and much drug-taking and a failed romance. The introduction also notes that the book was completed before the recent death of a well known French writer (Paul Verlaine?). Brian Reade's penned ownership signature on endpaper and his penciled notation where Beardsley is mentioned in the text. Quite rare- there appear to be no institutional copies in the US. Very good in publisher's boards, marbled endpapers, light wear to corners, spine a bit dulled.
Troyes: Éditions la Renaissance (1967). 227pp. An extremely detailed review of the definitions employed by the state to determine what is offensive to the public with particular reference to what constitutes obscenity. A number of legal cases are reviewed and there is a discussion of how this relates to advertising for gay enterprises, as well. Very good in wrappers.
Londres: Siegle, Hill & Co. (1909). 34pp. A quite uncommon collection of homoerotic poetry printed in England, but distributed by Messein in France. The collection includes a number of erotic poems, including 'Adolescents", "Corydon", "l'Éphèbe" and "Sonnet pour un Androgyne". An attractive publication with a Beardsley-esque frontispiece of a faun's head and decorative covers. The author died quite young in a bus accident, but produced several similar collections and contributed to Pan: Revue Libre and Mercure de France. Very good in wrappers, decorative frontispiece, bound in lightly worn green boards.
Paris: Urbain Canel (1826). 226pp. One of a series of novels that appeared within a few years of each other, all of which relate to varities of "impossible love". This novel, as well as another with a similar name by the Duchesse Claire de Duras, are said to relate to the broken engagement of the homosexual Marquis de Custine to Claire de Duras (daughter of the writer) in 1818. The anonymous novel created a scandal on several counts–because of its allusion to sexual "impotency" and the other to the fact that the true authorship of the work was a matter of considerable gossip. Many believed that the author was in fact the Duchesse de Duras and Latouche himself declared at the time that he was not the author, either. Duras had read aloud her novel Olivier ou le Secret in her salon in 1825 and challenged her listeners to accept the unconventional elements of the story, but the novel remained unpublished until 1971. The story of the Marquis de Custine is a fascinating one–he lived openly with his homosexual partner and was nonetheless at the center of Parisian society in post-Revolution France. Latouche (1785-1851) was the author of several rather controversial books and was friends with both Balzac and Stendhal. See Gross, The Scar of Revolution–Custine, Toqueville, and the Romantic Imagination. A very good example of the first edition in contemporary patterned paper boards, marbled endpapers, small bookplate. Rare.