New York: Cape and Smith (1930). The author's debut publication, a ribald novel which drew upon his experiences working on a tramp freighter after departing Williams College. He went on to write several other works and is best known for his mystery novels. Originally published by Contact Editions in 1929, this edition is somewhat revised with some expurgated scenes. A very good copy in blue boards, lightly worn with the original illustrated dust jacket with light edgewear, signature on endpaper.
Refine search resultsSkip to search results
Pour la Societé des Médecins Bibliphiles (1924). The first modern reprinting of this controversial "psychological" novel that appeared originally in 1826 under odd circumstances. The authorship of the novel, which many believe has homosexual undertones, was disputed for many years and for a while was attributed to Duchesse Claire de Duras. A very nice copy in wrappers, One of 130 copies on Rives (this is example #11). Uncommon in any edition.
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salon in 1825 and challenged her listeners to accept the unconventional elements of the story, but the novel remained unpublished until 1971.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.
Elysium Press (1999). Soft cover. A previously unpublished work in which the author constructs a compelling tale of two boys, escorted by their mother and their cousin, and the hidden emotions that guide them on their journey through the Swiss Alps. One of 100 copies bound in marbled paper wrappers. There is also a harbound edition of 75 copies available (bound in wool flannel) @ 150.
Paris: Henry Parville (1927). 4to. 16pp. A beautifully produced collection of thirteen poems by Lévis-Mano, with a tipped in portrait of the author by "Françoise Nicole" who also contributes a frontispiece drawing. The style of both illustrations is remarkably like that of Romaine Brooks, who was working in Paris at the same time. A quite uncommon and early work by one of the most important French publishers of the twentieth century. A very good copy in original wrappers with label on cover.
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.