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An important collection of art notebooks and related ephemera created by the British artist Gerald Leet (1913-1998). Leet was an accomplished artist and teacher who became a War Artist and later "Artist to the Queen Mother." The collection includes scores of small watercolours mainly from the 1920's of people and scenes and both the image and the captions often providing a humorous insight. These early works cover the period when he was a student at Goldsmiths and later at the Royal College of Art. During WWII Leet spent much of his time in South Africa and Egypt and there are a number of very well crafted "architectural" style drawings and watercolours from this period. Later he came to the attention of Lord Wavell, Viceroy of India and it was Wavell who arranged his appointment as official war artist in New Delhi. It seems his strength as a "head and shoulder" craftsman was particularly important and most of the images from this period (all in a separate "notebook" ) are pen drawings of head and shoulder of Indian and other troops etc. . Denton Welch portrayed Leet (as Marcus Lynch) in his most famous novel "A Voice Through a Cloud". His work for the Queen later Queen Mother (sketches of her Staff) earned him temporary accommodation at Windsor Castle. Over 375 individual paintings or sketches, in 5 sketch books, generally very good.
Paris: Union des Bibliophiles (1888). 230pp. Uncommon novel of decadence and homosexuality, which earned the author (also the publisher) a year in prison and a fine of 2,000 francs for violating public morals. This book was prosecuted as well for "outrage aux moeurs," the author sentenced to two months in jail and fined 1,000 francs in the year of the book's publication. Rose 1884; Pia, p.505-507, Kearney 704. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to spine and covers. Quite rare.
Glasgow: Robert Maclehouse (1917). 92pp. Busk was a student at Harrow and Cambridge and an accomplished pilot. The memorial book includes letters written by Busk, as well as a biography by his mother and letters of condolence. Good in blue boards, small stains to cover, light wear to edges and spine. Ownership signature of Robert William Mayo on front pastedown, along with his ink stamp on ffep. (He was later a Rear -Admiral in the Royal Navy). Tipped-in sheet with Mrs. Busk’s compliments.
Bernhard Zack, Treptow, 1912. 327pp. 3rd. ed. The first modern sports novel written by the Scottish anarchist and longtime gay activist. The novel [The Swimmer] has only recently been translated into English and remains an important record of early swimmer and diving competitions in Berlin, about which the author was quite keen. Some critics have described the novel as a significant document about anarchism in its portrayal of the struggles between the individual and the constraints imposed by society (in this case the sports club). Subsequent to the publication of this book in 1901 (and after the death of his mother), he turned much of his energy to the publication of gay poems and stories (writing under the pseudonym "Sagitta" as well as writings on anarchism. His "Sagitta" books were declared obscene in 1909, and this new revised edition of Der Schwimmer is quite uncommon. See Kennedy, Reading John Henry Mackay. This edition is imited edition to 50 signed and numbered copies (this being "23'), original plain paper wrappers chipped at edges and worn and cracked at spine.
The male nude is photographed from the rear, posing next to a painting by Pavel Tchelitchew (9 1/2" x 7.5"). Although unattributed, this work resembles the works taken by the PaJaMa photographers (Paul Cadmus, Jared and Margaret French). Very good, with ink stamp on verso of a pointing finger and an inventory number (#57).