Paris: 7 Octobre 1923. This unsigned essay on the front page of the newspaper Comoedia is a sympathetic review of one of the most important gay novels written in France. The novel has strong revolutionary elements of anarchism, and captures the spirit of the age, including vivid descriptions of the drag balls of Paris. The protoganist, an academic, falls in love with his friend Didier, but the relationship is complicated by Didier's sister Hélène, who also loves Ryls. Guy Levis Mano described the work thusly: 'ce poème audacieux et magnifique de la beauté du corps mâle". Tamagne, Thèse, 543 ; Barbedette, 310. Good, browned paper and light edgewear.
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.
Philip Sainsbury at the Cayme Press (1926). The Uranian author's review of classical literature with specific reference to the influence of love in classical education. These views were originally presented to the British Society for the Study of Sex Psychology in 1914. The publisher was the nephew of the painter of boys, Henry Scott Tuke. Original maroon stiff boards, sunning to spine and light spotting to endpapers. With Anthony Reid's bookplate by Ralph Chubb.
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.
Leiden: Chez les héritiers de J. Nicolas (1649). 175pp. Rare edition of this caustic pamphlet by Pierre Jarrige (1604-1670), a Jesuit who abandoned the Catholic religion, eventually taking refuge in Holland after he was sentenced to death by the Church in 1648. This book, originally published in 1648, is a detailed indictment of the Jesuits for a range of crimes that they were alleged to have committed in Guinea. Jarrige accuses his former peers of a range of crimes, including homosexuality, sodomy, pedophilia with students, (as well as infanticide and assorted other crimes) often citing specific evidence of these activities. Full contemporary mottled calf binding, raised spine with gilt patterns, title in red, lightly rubbed at edges, penciled notations on endpaper.
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.
A Rome, Aux frais des religieuses du Couvent des Carmélites (1776) 48pp. . The Abbe Du Laurens was and intriguing subversive libertine and philosopher who spent more than 25 years in prison for his controversial writings, this being among the most licentious. This collection of essays on dildos was originally published in 1763 and is in reality a commentary on the Bible and religion and includes an essay on the subject by "M. de Saint-Evremond". Very good in original grey wrappers, slight wear to covers. Limited to 100 copies, this example is unnumbered. Perceau 42 (indicates that some copies have illustrations- not present here).
[Spain?] : Tórculo Artes Gráficas (2008). 552pp. Osvaldo Lamborghini (April 12, 1940 – November 18, 1985) was an avant-garde Argentine writer of the 1960s. Illustrated throughout with erotically charged color photographs. A facsimile edition of an erotic diary kept by the Argentinian. wrpter. One of 300 numbered copies. Proletarian Chamber Theatre is an unfinished project Osvaldo Lamborghini (Buenos Aires 1940 - Barcelona 1985), preserved by Hanna Muck among the papers left at his death in Barcelona, and in which it has been working since 1982. The original consists simple and practical eight-ring binder with the title and volume slipped to the back typed on paper. Some pages are typed or handwritten, with texts or poems. In other leaves there are drawings, paintings, rubbings, photographs and collages, cuts mostly cheap pornographic magazines, and often accompanied by a slogan or some sentences and retouched silhouettes or painted with pen, marker, wax or polish, made everything with a wide range of techniques. We do not know the order that established Osvaldo to bring order to the leaves and to introduce new ones, as evidence in the composition of this work pretty amused. This quasi facsimile edition compiled into a volume the original eight folders this unfinished project, carefully limited and numbered edition of 300 copies. Although it has kept the original order, has been dispensed with blank pages.
Paris: Georges Carré (1896). 372pp. 1st Edition. Soft cover. First edition of the author's groundbreaking work on male homosexuality with an Introductory essay by Emile Zola and contributions by divers hands, including Marc-André Raffalovich ("L'Affaire Oscar Wilde" published separately in 1895.) Quite rare- only one OCLC copy located. A fair copy, paper wrappers torn and chipped with some taping, internally very good.
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.
Wiesbaden: Bergmann (1908). 35pp. An examination of the historical legal issues relative to homosexuality, written in the midst of the Harden–Eulenburg affair. The author references Hirschfeld, Hossli and others who had written about similar issues. Very good in blue wrappers, light wear to spine. Uncommon.
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.
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. This book was prosecuted as well for "outrage aux moeurs," the author sentenced to two months in jail and fined 1,000 francs in the year of the book's publication. Rose 1884; Pia, p.505-507, Kearney 704. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to spine and covers. Quite rare.