London: Privately Printed (1939). sm 4to., 178pp. A lovely memorial book dedicated to the life of John Holland, who died at the age of nineteen. An accomplished artist and poet, he attended Winchester and was destined for Oxford when he died of polio in Dalmatia in 1936. This edition collects his poetry and reproduces a number of his drawings and paintings in color. An attractive copy in cream linen, very light spottign to endpapers, signature on endpaper. Quite uncommon.
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London: Grant Richards (1922). Last Poems was a tribute to Housman's close friend, Moses Jackson. One of his best known poems is included in the collection It contains one of his best known poems, Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries " about the Second Battle of Ypres. This is the correct first edition with the typographical errors on page 52. A very good copy in original dark boards, lightly scuffed, light occasional foxing. With the Raffolovich Bequest bookplate on front pastedown and the Dominican Fathers cancellation stamp on first endpaper.
NP: Hubert (1919). 229pp. A detailed polemic by this French lawyer in which he decries the "Catholic renaissance" which began in the 1880s and the "decadent" literary world of Huysmans, Claudel, Rimbaud, Bloy and many others. The mystical strains in symbolist literature, including frequent representations of homosexuality, satanism, etc. are addressed in detail by Hubert, who resists the efforts by Catholic thinkers to alter traditional beliefs. The cover of the work lists the range of his objections: "Prétendu 'renouveau catholique': en réalité, outrage aux moeurs et satanisme flagrants.-"L'appel des Armes de Psichari ou la Réhabilitation du lupanar: ses "Terres de soleil"- ou la apologie de la pédérastie; scandaleuse réclame des "Études".... For a detailed discussion of the controversies surrounding these issues, see Schloesser, Jazz Age Catholicism: Mystic Modernism in Postwar Paris, 1919-1933 (36 et seq.) A quite uncommon publication, good in rather worn wrappers, spine worn, rear wrapper missing.
Paris: Librairie de la tradition nationale (1897). 21pp. Illustrated essay on the notorious Gilles de Rais by one of the foremost figures of the Decadent movement in literature. Five photographs of the Chateau de Tiffauges and the environs are reproduced in the text, which was delivered by Huysmans as a lecture at the Congrès d'Ethnographie et d'Art populaire in 1896. One of 100 numbered copies, none of which were for sale, this is example #47 inscribed by publisher on front endpaper. Very good in wrappers, wrappers browned, spine starting. 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: 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.
Paris: Éditions de la Pléiade (1930). This novel was written in 1926, but only published after the death of the author's father, is filled with Freudian allusions. Jouhandeau was gay and wrote a number of books with homosexual subject matter, but married before the book was published. A very good copy, one of 100 hors commerce, initialed by the author. This copy also bears an inscription from the author to the painter Jacques Emile Blanche.
[Paris: Marcel Sautier] 1954. 8vo. 92pp. These explicitly gay stories were written psuedonymously by Jouhandeau and only published under his own name after his death. Illustrated with 15 explicitly homoerotic line drawings by the noted Swiss artist, Elie Grekoff. The book was the product of a competition initiated by Florence Gould in 1954 to create the most original erotic work- the other books in the competition were Mandiargue's l'Anglais and Paulhan's l'Histoire d'O. Very good in original decorated wrappers with light wear. One of 150 copies on Marais (#44). Larivière, 367 ; Beurdeley, 275 ; BN, Enfer, n° 1498; Pia 1324; Monod 6452. Uncommon. $600.00.
An original pen and ink drawing of two young lovers (3.5" x 3"). Matted and framed (8.25" x 8.5"). Philippe Jullian (1919 – 1977) was a French illustrator, art historian, biographer, aesthete, novelist and dandy. The drawing was likely used to illustrate one of the many illustrated books for which he became well known. Very good in gilt frame.
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.
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, Société d'Editions Mansi . 35pp. A short collection of poems by Jean Cocteau's first protege/lovers: a soldier-poet "young, handsome, good, brave, full of genius, simple- everything that Death loves." He died in the first World was in 1918 at the age of 23 and became the model for the protagonist in Cocteau's Thomas l'Imposteur and he appears in several other works by Cocteau. See Jean Le Roy, de Quimper aux tranchées, itinéraire d'un poète oublié, avec un texte de Jean Cocteau, présenté par Jean-François Douguet et Alain Le Grand-Vélin, Quimper, Société des Amis de Louis Le Guennec, 2015 and Le Cavalier de Frise, poèmes trouvés dans sa cantine, Paris, Typographie François Bernouard, 1924 et 1928. Very good in original wrappers, some browning to wrappers. One of 500 numbered copies, this is #63, inscribed by the author on half-title. Quite rare.
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 series of nine vintage black and white photographs taken by Lyons of a young blond man in various states of undress. Lyons was an accomplished amateur photographer, longtime companion of Kenneth Macpherson who lived in Capri in the 1950s and photographed many of their shared friends, including Graham Greene, Nancy Cunard, Norman Douglas among others. All are near fine.