Daniel O'Connor, London. 1922. Hardcover. Cream colored buckram bindign with gilt decorative cover and spine, top edge gilt, decorative endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Gay, plus fifteen full page illustrations and facsimile of original title page. (i)-xxiv, 91 pages, including Bibliography, Index and Notes. Endpapers lightly browned, covers lightly rubbed and marked. Very good. Reprinted from the 1716 first edition.
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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.
Hamburg-Altona: Verlag Charles Grieger (Jahr. 1, #3 July 1951);( Jahr. 2, #1, January 1952); Jahr. 2, #2 (February 1952). Three examples of the short-lived post-War gay journal with photographs, essays and artwork. The publisher, Charles Grieger, was an artist who owned a well-regarded bookshop in pre-Nazi Berlin. After the war, he became involved in a variety of gay publications and exhibitions. See Whisnant, Male Homosexuality in West Germany: Between Persecution and Freedom, 1945-69. Very good with light cover wear.
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.
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.
London : John F. Shaw and Co., . 383pp. An historical novel about Gavestone, the favorite of King Edward II. It was alleged by medieval chroniclers that Edward II and Piers Gaveston were lovers, a rumour that was reinforced by later portrayals in fiction, such as Christopher Marlowe's late 16th-century play Edward II. An uncommon book, very good in illustrated boards, with light wear.
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.
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.
[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 (#133). Larivière, 367 ; Beurdeley, 275 ; BN, Enfer, n° 1498; Pia 1324; Monod 6452. Uncommon.
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.
Pour la Societé des Médecins Bibliphiles (1924). The first modern reprinting of this controversial "psychological" novel that appeared originally in 1826 under odd circumstances. The authorship of the novel, which many believe has homosexual undertones, was disputed for many years and for a while was attributed to Duchesse Claire de Duras. A very nice copy in wrappers, One of 130 copies on Rives (this is example #11). Uncommon in any edition.