Madrid: Los Contemporáneos (1910). 20pp. The first appearance of this short novel by the eccentric Spaniard, #79 in the Los Contemporáneos series. Illustrated throughout. Good, covers present but detached. Uncommon.
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London (1967). The author's first and only novel is the amusing story of two young men at Oxford. Very good in very good decorative jacket by Philippe Jullian. One of 50 special signed and numbered copies from a total edition of 500 copies. Young 1967.
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.
Paris: Librairie des connaissances médicales, . 120pp. One of a series of publications by the author on various subjects related to sexology. He recounts a number of case histories of homosexuals in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, with numerous details on physical appearance, dress and behavior. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers. Uncommon.
London: J.M. Dent and Company, 1897. 12mo. Hardcover. Grotesques by Alice B. Woodward. Very Good in original cream cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board, some wear and light soiling to covers, corners lightly bumped, light foxing to endpapers.
London: John Lane at the Bodley Head (1895). 62pp. 16mo. An uncommon collection of somewhat uranian poems, which includes the wonderfully Swinburnian lines to the birch: 'Oh curly and crisp and caressing / Is the lingering lick of the cane; / As it clings, an equivocal blessing, / To the sufferer writhing in pain' &c &c." The cover shows a master beating a schoolboy (by F.H. Townsend). Spine dull and covers dust marked, rear hinge starting, but a very good copy; bookplate of CAnthony Reid (by John Buckland Wright) on pastedown. The title is included on F.E. Murray's 1924 Catalogue of Selected Books from the Private Library of a Student of Boyhood, Youth and Comradeship (#36). Quite uncommon.
[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: 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.
Koh is a gay performance and visual artist who often used the term "asianpunkboy" to identify his works, which have been included in many notable collections. This is a boxed set to accompany his first solo exhibition, "The Whole Family" in 2003, comprising a list of elements for the show, a series of 21 lavender tinted portraits of one young man, short works by Bruce Labruce, AA Bronson, Matthias Herrmann, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, and Ryan McGinley (all relating to boys), a sample of lavender, a music CD, and a paper airplane. Housed in original cardboard clamshell box with blind-stamped pastedown label. Limited edition, one of 100 copies. Light wear to box, but the contents are fine as issued.
Paris: Urbain Canel (1826). 226pp. The controversial anonymous novel, originally attributed to the Duchesse Claire de Duras, created a scandal when published. The story revolves around a romantic intrigue that was in fact based upon the homosexual Marquis de Custine’s broken engagement to Duras’ daughter in 1820. Although never explicit, the novel was clearly designed to provoke and it actually prevented Duras from publishing her own similarly titled novel during her lifetime (it only appeaed in 1971). At one point in the novel, the narrator remarks, “Confidence was full and reciprocal between the two friends... except on one point, the subject of their loves....Olivier, in this matter, was reserved and excessively mysterious.” See Kilian, Nos ancêtres, les pervers: Reading Queerly and Constructing the Homosexual Before the Closet.
Berlin: Verlag Spemann (1891). 92pp. A detailed description of existing works in German dealing with Antinous, with 60 works discussed, including those by Hausrath (aka George Taylor) and Gregorovious. Very good in wrappers, small chip to cover, pages uncut, folding chart at rear. Uncommon.
[Spain?] : Tórculo Artes Gráficas (2008). 552pp. Osvaldo Lamborghini (April 12, 1940 – November 18, 1985) was an avant-garde Argentine writer of the 1960s. Illustrated throughout with erotically charged color photographs. A facsimile edition of an erotic diary kept by the Argentinian. wrpter. One of 300 numbered copies. Proletarian Chamber Theatre is an unfinished project Osvaldo Lamborghini (Buenos Aires 1940 - Barcelona 1985), preserved by Hanna Muck among the papers left at his death in Barcelona, and in which it has been working since 1982. The original consists simple and practical eight-ring binder with the title and volume slipped to the back typed on paper. Some pages are typed or handwritten, with texts or poems. In other leaves there are drawings, paintings, rubbings, photographs and collages, cuts mostly cheap pornographic magazines, and often accompanied by a slogan or some sentences and retouched silhouettes or painted with pen, marker, wax or polish, made everything with a wide range of techniques. We do not know the order that established Osvaldo to bring order to the leaves and to introduce new ones, as evidence in the composition of this work pretty amused. This quasi facsimile edition compiled into a volume the original eight folders this unfinished project, carefully limited and numbered edition of 300 copies. Although it has kept the original order, has been dispensed with blank pages.
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.
Paris: Urbain Canel (1826). 226pp. One of a series of novels that appeared within a few years of each other, all of which relate to varities of "impossible love". This novel, as well as another with a similar name by the Duchesse Claire de Duras, are said to relate to the broken engagement of the homosexual Marquis de Custine to Claire de Duras (daughter of the writer) in 1818. The anonymous novel created a scandal on several counts–because of its allusion to sexual "impotency" and the other to the fact that the true authorship of the work was a matter of considerable gossip. Many believed that the author was in fact the Duchesse de Duras and Latouche himself declared at the time that he was not the author, either. Duras had read aloud her novel Olivier ou le Secret in her salon in 1825 and challenged her listeners to accept the unconventional elements of the story, but the novel remained unpublished until 1971. The story of the Marquis de Custine is a fascinating one–he lived openly with his homosexual partner and was nonetheless at the center of Parisian society in post-Revolution France. Latouche (1785-1851) was the author of several rather controversial books and was friends with both Balzac and Stendhal. See Gross, The Scar of Revolution–Custine, Toqueville, and the Romantic Imagination. A very good example of the first edition in contemporary patterned paper boards, marbled endpapers, small bookplate. Rare.
Paris (1894). Hardcover. Laurencin's copy of this edition, with her ownership signature on title page. Very good in 1/2 leather binding with marbled boards, a little edgeworn. office.
Coimbra: Presença (8 Maio 1927) #4. This issue of the renowned literary magazine contain's Leal's poem (in French) entitled Messe Noire: Poème Sacríè. Very good in original wrappers. $120.
Coimbra: Precenca (Feb., Mar. 1929) . #19. The Portuguese poet was at the forefront of the modernist movement and published a number of mystical poems in the periodicals of the period. Very good, as issued.
Asphodel (1999). Special Edition. Hardcover. A collection of over 70 previously unpublished drawings and paintings by the Neo-Romantic painter. Introduction by David Leddick. One of 100 special and numbered copies in red slipcase. Fine as issued in linen backed boards.
Paris: GLM . One of 255 copies printed, very good in brown wrappers, light edgewear. A collection of poems presented in a creative typographic style. Laid in is a woodblock print by Valentine Hugo of the author. See Les Éditions GLM. Bibliogr., B.N. 1981., n° 51.
Amsterdam: Sub Signo Libelli (1976). 14pp. A reprint of a text originally published in Holland in 1679, issued here in an ediiton of 45 numbered copies. Printed letterpress in two colors and hand-sewn in brown printed wrappers.Fine.
Original vintage photograph (8.5" x 6").
Copyright stamp of Islay Lyons on verso.