[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.
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Paris: Impr. de J. Haumont (1945). 34pp. Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard (1885-1948) was educated at Eton and circulated in Oscar Wilde's milieu (his mother financed the Epstein memorial for him at Pere Lachaise). He was also a great friend of Ronald Firbank and Vyvyan Holland and for many years was Firbank's most ardent supporter and literary confidant. One of several publications issued during his lifetime and surely one of the oddest- it might be argued that the book is in fact a spoof, created by a third party, to denigrate Kennard or bring amusement to others. The poems herein, all in English, are erotic to some extent, a number quite homoerotic: "O! let me calm/ Your fevered blood / Quick! Let me drink,/ Deep in the chasm,/ The growing flood/ Of your vast spasm!" One of 380 numbered copies, finely printed on Johannot, cream wrappers lightly worn. Rare.
Berolini : Impensis G. Reimeri (1831). A dissertation on the life and writings of Hecataeus by the German philologist. Hecataeus of Miletus was a Greek philosopher whose studies of the natural world and geography were among the most provocative of his generation. This text contains a study of early surveys of the ancient world. Rebound in Italian paper boards, leather spine label, with the ownership stamp of Norman Douglas on front pastedown. Light foxing throughout. Map. Rare.
London: Golden Cockerel Press (1950). 271pp. Hardcover. One of 370 copies printed, translated by Count Lutzow. Illustrated with line drawings by Dorothea Braby. Pictorial cream-colored cloth, teg. Designed and produced by Christopher Sandford. This copy is warmly inscribed by Sandford to his fellow artist Ralph Chubb on front endpaper. A lovely copy with light wear to covers.
Privately printed: Zürich: Bürdeke . 71pp. A collection of poems by Stefan George's acolyte, who died at the age of 16. He was idealized by George to the point of proclaiming him a god and following his death... the cult of 'Maximin' became an integral part of the George circle’s practice…" Included here are poems written in the last two years of his life. Very good in handmade paper wrappers, photographic frontispiece. Uncommon.
Paris: Sansot (1914). 271pp. A dramatic work written when the renowned film director was 26 years old and just beginning his career in film. The work references a number of personalities of the period: Gabrielle d'Annunzio, Ida Rubinstein, Bakst and a cast of characters including many of unconventional sexuality. The theme of Socratic love permeates the work and the primary character "Sir Gerald" is at the center of a series of complicated relationships, set mostly in France. A very good copy in somewhat dusty and stained wrappers, light edgewear and sunning, light spotting throughout; warmly inscribed by the author on endpaper. The book bears a printed dedication to Oscar Wilde "créancier de nos paroxysmes." Uncommon. Marcel l'Herbier (1888-1979) was a a poet, lawyer, film theorist, founder of the IDHEC, and a major force in modern French cinema and television. Very good in original wrappers, foxing throughout. Warmly inscribed by the author on endpaper.
Paris: G. Masson: P. Asselin (1886). Alexandre Lacassagne (1843-1924) was a professor of forensic medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Lyon and wrote extensively about issues related to homosexuality. This work is an extract from Dechambre's Dictionnaire encyclopédique des sciences médicales (série 2, tome 22, 1886) and became an important milestone and was praised by Havelock Ellis among others. The article is inscribed by the author to his colleague Dr. Charles Vibert, very good in later plain wrappers.
Elysium Press (1999). Soft cover. A previously unpublished work in which the author constructs a compelling tale of two boys, escorted by their mother and their cousin, and the hidden emotions that guide them on their journey through the Swiss Alps. One of 100 copies bound in marbled paper wrappers. There is also a harbound edition of 75 copies available (bound in wool flannel) @ 150.
London: David Nutt (1893). 4to. This hitherto unpublished manuscript is presented here by Lane, who contributes an Introduction. The drama appears to track the story of Narcissus as told by Ovid, with appearances by Tiresias and Cephisus. One of only sixty numbered copies. Very good in rather soiled paper boards, corners a little bumped.
Wiesbaden: Bergmann (1908). 35pp. An examination of the historical legal issues relative to homosexuality, written in the midst of the Harden–Eulenburg affair. The author references Hirschfeld, Hossli and others who had written about similar issues. Very good in blue wrappers, light wear to spine. Uncommon.
Paris: La Connaissance (1928). The rare biography of Pallavicino (1615-1644) the controversial priest who authored a number of provocative satires on the Roman curia and the house of Barberini. He was also reputed for some time to have authored the controversial treatise on sodomy, Alcibiade Enfant a l'Ecole. After a price had been put on his head, he was eventually betrayed and beheaded. A lovely copy in the original wrappers, bound in a full leather binding with red morocco spine-lable. One of 500 hand numbered copies. Uncommon.
A limited edition series of photographs by George Platt Lynes, one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century. Five male nudes have been selected for this unique portfolio, drawn from a collection of negatives acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Alfred Kinsey in the 1950s. The hand-crafted platinum prints have a beautiful tonal range that is well suited to Lynes’ distinctive compositions. Published in an edition of 20 portfolios and 2 artists’ proofs, the photographs are approximately 8 x 10 inches and printed on 11 x 14 inch 100% rag paper. The prints are matted on acid-free museum board and presented in an elegant cloth-covered 17 x 15 x 2 inch archival box. This example is #5/20, fine as issued.
Berlin: Mackay-Gesellschaft (1932). A collection of poems issued toward the end of the gay anarchist's life. In his old age, Mackay tried to supplement his income by establishing a Mackay-Gesellschaft (Mackay Society) to publish and sell his books and this was one of the three books issued under that imprint. Includes "Heimliche Aufforderung" - one of the poems set to music by Richard Strauss, which was inspired by a boy, Very good in sewn wrappers.