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.
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Paris: Editions Serendip (2004). sm 4to. A beautifully produced facsimile ediiton of a photograph album assembled by Boris Kochno in the mid 1920s. The photographs include Pavel Tchelitchew , René Crevel, Eugène and Léonid Berman, Louis Marcoussis, George Auric and many others. Many of the images relate to vacation scenes in and around Toulon. One of only 200 copies printed letterpress, with an Introduction by Patrick Mauriés. Fine in stiff wrappers and slipcase.
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.
Petersburg: Prometei (ND) . 74pp. The gay Symbolist poet's free verse cycle drawn from his early experiences in Alexandria. Written between 1905 and 1908, these love poems are said to be the first significant cycle of free verse written in Russian and form the basis for their author's international reputation. Kuzmin employed several voices, both male and female, to express the love for young men to recreate the atmosphere of Alexandria under Hadrian the Great. Harold Bloom included this title in The Western Canon (1994). A good copy in worn wrappers, the front wrapper is detached and the rear wrapper is not present, small chips and marks to front wrapper. The book is laid into plain brown wrappers. Rare. First separate edition of Kuzmin's Alexandrian Songs, originally published as part of his first collection, Nets, in 1908. 'Kuzmin's fame as a poet rests largely with his cycle "Alexandrian Songs" (1905 1908). These are love poems with different personas, male and female, mostly homoerotic, stylized to reflect the sensibility of Alexandria in the age of Hadrian. One subcycle tells of a Roman soldier enamored of a distant Antinous, whose beauty overwhelms him at first sight. The poems are in unrhymed free verse, one of the few real successes in the writing of Russian free verse. The moods of the Mediterranean metropolis, its sights, sounds, and smells, provide a rich background to ingenuous and mostly serene declarations, confessions, and exultant boasts of love. The whole spirit of "Alexandrian Songs" is a credit to Russian poetry's ability to project a sensibility so totally alien to Russian life' (Terras).Tarasenkov p. 198; not in Kilgour.
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: 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.
Paris (1998). One of 30 special numbered copies of this collection of Pierre Le Tan's eclectic collection, beautifully photographed by Ivan Terestchenko and reproduced by photogravure. Sheets are laid into stiff wrappers and purple linen slipcase. Printed on Velin d'Arches, signed by by Le-Tan and Terestchenko. Fine, as issued.