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.
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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. e: Albert Messein succ. Paris), Undated (1909) (12.8x15.5cm. - circa) 34pp. Brooch. Pink cover. First dish decorated with an Art Nouveau floral frame. "Decadentist" frontispiece representing a head of fauna in a taste close to the rare Viennese Secession ORIGINAL EDITION printed on Holland paper. These sonnets “proceed from inclinations analogous to those of a Jacques by Adelsward Fersen and elegant homosexuals among whom Jean Cocteau made his debut” (ref. - “Dictionary of erotic works” 444). This collection is dedicated to the Belgian poet Paul Roba, who signs the initial sonnet. Francis Latouche died at the age of 28 in a bus accident when he left Henry Durand-Davray's home (translator and close friend of Wilde), of whom he was the secretary. Jacques Adelswärd-Fersen paid tribute to him in the review Pan, in 1913. Jacques Vaché (one of the inspirers of Surrealism) liked to evoke the tragic fate of Paul Roba (strangled around the age of 20) and Francis Latouche, whom he welcomed the "stanzas of a raucous paganism.
Paris: Chez Henry Parville (1925). 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, one of 23 examples on Lafuma (III),
San Francisco: Panjandrum/Gay Sunshine Press (1975). An illustrated gay poetry anthology with contributions by many important writers of the period. One of ten specially bound and numbered copies signed by the editor. Laid into the book is a 1 p. TLS from Leyland to Charles Shively referencing a book by John Wieners. Very good in blue boards, some discoloration to front board.
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. . Rose 1884; Pia, p.505-507, Kearney 704. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to spine and covers. Quite rare.
London. Elkin Mathews (1893). #2. This issue of the elegantly produced fin de siecle journal includes contributions by Verlaine, Arnold Dolmetsche and Horne and includes a frontispiece by Charles Shannon and a drawing by Simeon Solomon. A number of prominent writers and artists contributed to the journal (including Wilde, Symonds, Ernest Dowson and Lionel Johnson). Very good, light edge wear to covers, first pages lightly foxed, but very good overall. Laid into a custom linen chemise.