Paris (1948). sm. 4to. Autobiographical writings illustrated with two etchings of a male by Daragnés. Of an edition of only 70 copies, this example is one with the printed name of the recipient, the famed French singer Robert Rocca. Very good in loose wrappers.
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NP:ND. One of Jullian's most uncommon books, a collection of fifteen original etchings portraying characters in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu. Original fragile wrappers a bit sunned, numbered "127" of an edition of 150 copies.
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.
Amsterdam: Imprimerie de J.H. De Bussy (1901). 8vo. 529pp. One of the earliest of the Congrès International d' anthropologie criminelle, which brought together the leading medical fraternity dealing with matters of criminology, sexuality, insanity, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, alcoholism and varied other related topics. The conference included many of the most prominent scholars in the field including Lombroso, Aletrino ("La situation sociale de l'uraniste"), Tarde, Lacassagne, Moll and Garnier. A fair ex-library copy, with assorted stamps, several pages taped, spine label damaged, hinges weak. Quite uncommon.
Troyes: Éditions la Renaissance (1967). 227pp. An extremely detailed review of the definitions employed by the state to determine what is offensive to the public with particular reference to what constitutes obscenity. A number of legal cases are reviewed and there is a discussion of how this relates to advertising for gay enterprises, as well. Very good in wrappers.
Paris, G. Briffaut, 1925. A very good copy in original wrappers, rebound in 3/4 morocco boards.
Tangier: Khbar Bladna (2010). Soft cover.
Tangier: Khbar Bladna (2011). Soft cover.
"Across the blazing sands of the Sahara- in a savage land of forbidden passions, they came to find a fortune- and found each other. The original vintage film foster for this classic of gay porn, starring Ryan Harker and Bud Wallace. Very good, with light edgewear.
Londres: Siegle, Hill & Co. (1909). 34pp. A quite uncommon collection of homoerotic poetry printed in England, but distributed by Messein in France. The collection includes a number of erotic poems, including 'Adolescents", "Corydon", "l'Éphèbe" and "Sonnet pour un Androgyne". An attractive publication with a Beardsley-esque frontispiece of a faun's head and decorative covers. The author died quite young in a bus accident, but produced several similar collections and contributed to Pan: Revue Libre and Mercure de France. The introductory poem is by Paul Roba, a poet to whom the collection is dedicated. Very good in wrappers.
Paris: Sartorius (1874). 284pp. A diatribe by the prolific writer, which articulates every conceivable moral abomination afoot in Germany at the time, including infanticides, prostitution, homosexuality and a host of other perversities. Very good in wrappers, very light occasional spotting. Uncommon.
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.
Paris (15 April 1926). # 141 & 142. A variety of contributors comment on homosexuality in French literature- Rachilde, Mauriac, Andre Billy, and various others. The relevant portions of volume 141 have been extracted from the volume and bound in paper wrappers. Volume 142 is very good in original wrappers. Also included is the 1993 GKC reprint which contains supplementary essays,
Paris: Chez Henry Parville (1925). Soft cover. A quite early publication by the poet/publisher who was at the forefront of creative typography during the early part of the twentieth century in France. This edition is illustrated with eight black and white drawings by Gaston Poulain (who also illustrated Les Éphèbes.) Several of the poems have a homoerotic theme, such as un éphèbe aux grands eux. A lovely edition, limited to 200 copies, this example unnumbered, slight edgwear to covers, pages uncut.
Paris: Édition Des poèmes (1924). 4to. 19pp. The poet and publisher's first publication, issued the same year as his controversial poetry collection, Les Ephebes. The poems are illustrated by Gaston Poulain, who also contributes an introduction to the poet's work. The edition presages Levis-Mano's innovative typography and elegant GLM publications. Very good in plain wrappers, light wear to covers. One of 200 numbered copies, pages uncut. Uncommon.
Paris: A. Savine (1891) 2nd. ed. 295pp. Loliee describes, in some particularly hyperbolic language, the "underworld" of members of "the third sex" in the Paris of the 1890s: « Les voici bien, les jeunes blondins qu’ils adorent, les bardaches modernes, les uns se maquillant comme des femmes, d’autres portant des bagues et des bracelets ou signalant leur passage par une trace de parfum ! Ces greluchons appartiennent au troisième sexe. Ignominieux renversement des lois naturelles qui fait revivre à travers notre société les hontes de l’antique Pentapole ou les plus impures débauches de la décadence romaine. » Wrappers browned and darkened, rebound in marbled boards, marled endpapers. Uncommon.
1st Edition. Hardcover. From the Introduction: "These two stories about youths and youth were written more than half a century ago, when I was twenty-six years old, almost at the end of an overly prolonged and troubled adolescence. The undue length of this adolescence may have been caused in part by traumatic experiences encountered as a soldier during World War II, in which my role, though largely peripheral, was nonetheless personal enough to inflict psychic shocks that distress me still today. The grim, sadistic subject matter of both stories may, perhaps, be construed as a delayed reaction to those shocks. All the other writing that I did throughout this early period, none of which I wish to preserve, is more or less similar in content and feeling. "George Sickes, The Boy Who Wrote NO, makes his aggressive and irreverent declarations of dissent specifically against business, banking, conventional social manners, the law, the family, and, most offensive of all, against religion. His punishment is the worst society in its self-righteous outrage can impose: death in life. The young boy, Dan, introduced in The Lizard, takes a decisive step toward manhood and independence through his experience of the symbolic unity between death and sexuality, cruelty and purity, blindness and discernment. "Although I began to write in childhood and have spent my life at it since leaving the army, these stories were my first writings to be published. The Lizard appeared in Points, a literary review edited in Paris by Sindbad Vail (summer issue, 1949); The Boy Who Wrote NO in Horizon, a literary review edited in London by Cyril Connolly (Nos. 120-121, December 1949-January 1950, a double issue and the final one), reprinted in The Golden Horizon, a volume published in London in 1953 by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, containing Connolly's selection of works that had appeared in his review which he deemed worth preserving in book form." James Lord is widely known for his several volumes of memoirs, as well as his definitive biography of the artist Albert Giacometti. Stories of Youth is limited to 200 signed and numbered copies bound in handmade paper boards with a linen spine (ISBN # 1-893450-11-2). Fine as issued in the second state of the binding.
Paris: Jean Fort (1926). 280pp. One of a number of clandestine books published by Jean Fort, this novel boasts an introduction by Maurice Chevalier. Several illustrations by the author (apparently a pseudonym) illustrate life behind the curtains of the theater and various erotic adventures, including gay characters. A very good copy with colorful wrappers, some cover wear and a few closed tears in text. Quite uncommon.
London: Fortune Press (1938). Hardcover. The story of an "unconventional" middle aged woman whose troubled story is both "lovely and hideous" according to the jacket blurb. A very good copy in very good jacket. d'Arch Smith 364.