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Paris: Alyscamps Press (1994). The Ode was originally published in April 1926 in the Revista de Occidente and is considered one of the finest paeans to friendship in Spanis and Lorca greatly admired Dali's work for its symmetry, objectivity and lack of sentimentality. This English translation by Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno was issued in an edition of 100 signed broadsides (#22) and incorporates two half-tone photographs of the pair taken in the 1920s. Very good on handmade Zerkall paper (60 cm x 40 cm).
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'Imprimerie Sainte-Catherine, Bruges] (1920-1921). 2 volumes. 8vo., 220pp.; 166pp. The first, privately issued edition of Gide's influential confessional memoir, issued four years prior to the first published edition, limited to twelve copies. Cyril Connolly, who included the book on his list of the 100 key books of the modern movement wrote that "Gide's autobiography is a work of art or rather the true portrait of the artist as a young man, for his horizon was much larger than Joyce's and he writes with an electric excitement". This first printing includes explicit passages suppressed in both the first published edition (1924) and the first English-language edition (New York, 1935) and was extremely controversial for its description of his sexual encounters with boys in North Africa. Considered one of his greatest works (certainly his most personal and revealing), the memoir recounts Gide's sexual awakening while on a journey to Algeria in 1893-94, where he met Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, who shocked him with their boldness. In Tunisia he lost his virginity at the age of twenty-three to Athman, a fourteen-year-old Arab boy, and came to accept his own homosexuality. Henceforth his published works invoked the never resolved tensions between a strict artistic discipline, a puritanical moralism, and the desire for unlimited sensual indulgence and abandonment to life. The memoir covers the first twenty-six years of his life Gide was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1947, the first openly gay man to have received the award. In the presentation speech offered at the award ceremony, the Swedish Academy stated "The significance of these memoirs thus is indicated in the mysterious Biblical quotation of the grain of wheat which here represents the personality: as long as the latter is sentient, deliberate, and egocentric, it dwells alone and without germinating power; it is only at the price of its death and its transmutation that it will acquire life and be able to bear fruit." Si le Grain ne Meurt was placed on the Catholic Church's list of prohibited books in 1952, the year after Gide's death. Lovely examples in the original wrappers, laid into chemises and slipcases (signed Devauchelle) , raised dentelles, gilt decorations, marbled endpapers. The first volume (this example is #8) was issued in an edition of twelve copies and the second volume (#1) was issued in an edition of thirteen copies. A beautiful example of an important twentieth century document. .
München : Delphin-Verlag, . 150pp. Giese (1890-1935) was a German psychologist who dealt in particular with psychotechnology . Giese describes the differences between the ideals of beauty in America versus Europe and conjures a variety of explanations, including eugenics and various business models. deal with everything from victory in war to differences in business models. Very good in good (worn at edges with small tears, etc). Uncoommon.
Vancouver, B.C.: William Hoffer (1984). Originally published in 1903, this new edition contains two appendices and an introduction by Barry Asker. One of 106 numbered copies printed. An attractively produced book with textured silk-covered boards, titling on orange labels on spine and front, orange end papers, leading text-block edge untrimmed. Fine.
Paris: Charles Carrington (1904). 106pp. A collection of erotic poems, one of which is entitled "Eros Urania" and bears a printed dedication to Achille Essebac, author of the Dédé schoolboy series. A very good copy in original wrappers, light foredge spotting. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Uncommon.
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.
(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.
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.
Bruxelles: Sous le Manteau (1881). Huysmans contributes the quite explicitly homosexual Sonnet Masculin to this controversial collection of erotic texts. The edition was limited to 175 copies reserved for subscribers- this is Volume I (of 2). Good in rather worn boards, edges rubbed, marbled endpapers, a bit of spotting. Uncommon.
SURFERS, SANTA MONICA, c.1940s, silver gelatin print, on carte postale style paper, possible a test print from an edition of /36, with photographers credit stamp verso. Doctor Donald Don James (died December 24, 1996) was a pioneer of early surfing in California prior to the WWII and surf photographer. His published works include many 1960s surf magazine covers. The early 1990s brought a resurgence of long board surfing and with it, a new 1992 VHS video titled Dr. "Don James presents: Surfing in the 1930s". It premiered pre World War II color footage of surfing to the surfing industry and a verbal history of the golden age of surfing / produced by Brad Jennings and Gene Walper / 1992/93, Other separate projects included The books: "Prewar Surfing" and "1936-1942 San Onofre to Point Dume". James began surf photography while he was in high school, taking pictures of his pals, Ed Faron, the Quigg brothers, Bud Rice and the Beach Boys from the Bel Air Bay Club in Santa Monica. During the post Gidget era his talents appeared in commercials and on posters, Don James has been described as "The Premier Photographer of Surfing"..
Verona (1932). Published anonymously, this is the author's "opus quintum", issued in an edition of 100 copies printed by the master printer Mardersteig of the Stamperia Valdonega. James is primarily known for his patronage of the Surrealists and his eccentric lifestyle, but he issued a number of beautifully produced volumes of poetry, this being one of the rarest. The book's Uranian content is discussed in d'Arch Smith's Love in Earnest (at 161) One quarter vellum over painted boards, front hinge starting. One of only 100 unnumbered copies, this being one of fifty copies on half-vellum. Mardersteig 39. Verona, 1932. Uncommon.
Paris: B. Le Beau (1907). 118pp. A fascinating early Kinsey-like survey of the sexual habits of French soldiers in Africa, with detailed discussions of homosexuality, and other "degenerate" activities. The author interviewed a number of soldiers about their childhood sexual activity, relationships with women and other men, sexual diseases, etc and compiled assorted "case studies". A very good copy, light wear to spine and light wear and browning to covers. Inscribed by the author. Quite uncommon.
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.