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Portrait of a tattooed model in a studio wearing briefs gazing downward. Vintage silver gelatin print on Velox paper, image size, 4 1/4"" x 6 1/2", mounted to card. [c. 1930]. The matte has some staining and foxing but the image is in very good condition. Please inquire for other works by the photographer. Montague Glover (1898 – 1983) was a British freelance architect and private photographer. He is most notable for his depiction of homosexual life in London during the early to mid-20th century through private photographs taken primarily for his own enjoyment. His photographs tend to document 'rough trade', the working class and members of the military. See Gardiner, A Class Apart - The Private Pictures of Montague Glover (1992). His work is rarely seen in trade as the great majority of his work is held in a major private collection.
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.
Cannes: Chez l'Auteur (1955). 4to. A lavishly illustrated collection of "reportages" on nudism, homosexuels and various louche activities in Lyon. Illustrated throughout by Julien Pavil, along with eight color lithographs of various amusing couplings. Introduction by Pierre Mac Orlan. A very good copy in wrappers, this copy is warmly inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Very good in a very good cardboard slipcase. One of 450 numbered copies, although considerably scarcer than this limitation would indicate. Warmly inscribed by Grancher on front endpaper.
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: 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.
London: Rivingtons (1913). 3rd ed. Hardcover. A revised edition printed on heavy rag papers. Laid into this copy are two ALS both in the hand of the translator James Hallard. The first ALS, a postcard to the editor of the Athenaeum, which seeks to have the book reviewed. The seconf ALS, also a postcard is addressed to F.W. Lucas, the Cambridge scholar, responding to a letter from Hallard about a forthcoming revision of the text. Very good in red buckram boards, somewhat sunned.
London: Cassell (1939). 636pp. Hichens is perhaps best known as the author of the Green Carnation and his friendship with Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas. This lengthy novel opens with a visit by the protagonist to Magnus Hirschfeld's tomb in Nice, and one of the characters is inspired by Hirschfeld's partner and protégé, Li Shiu Tong. A very good copy in the original jacket, which has light wear small closed tears at edges, signature on endpaper and light browning to endpapers. Uncommon. The American edition was issued the following year.
Leipzig: Max Spohr (1901). 616pp. The third volume of this long-running series, with works by Richard von Krafft-Ebing ("Recent studies in the field of homosexuality") and Magnus Hirschfeld ("Are sexual intermediates for marriage for?"), along with a detailed bibliography of homosexuality for the year 1900. Very good in original binding, light discoloration on spine from an old label, small ownership stamp on front pastedown, light edgewear and bumping to corners.
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.
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.
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.