London: Cassell (1939). 636pp. Hichens is perhaps best known as the author of the Green Carnation and his friendship with Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas. This lengthy novel opens with a visit by the protagonist to Magnus Hirschfeld's tomb in Nice, and one of the characters is inspired by Hirschfeld's partner and protégé, Li Shiu Tong. A very good copy in the original jacket, which has light wear small closed tears at edges, signature on endpaper and light browning to endpapers. Uncommon. The American edition was issued the following year.
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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.
Bruxelles: Sous le Manteau (1881). Huysmans contributes the quite explicitly homosexual Sonnet Masculin to this controversial collection of erotic texts. The edition was limited to 175 copies reserved for subscribers- this is Volume I (of 2). Good in rather worn boards, edges rubbed, marbled endpapers, a bit of spotting. Uncommon.
London: Colburn (1826). New Edition 380pp. Anna Brownell Jameson (1794 - 1860) was an unusual woman of her age with several failed romances and a life of travel. She broke off her engagement to Robert Jameson in 1820,and left for Italy as a governess and published "The Diary of an Ennuye" in 1825, a fictitious account of her travels in Italy. It gained her some notoriety when it was revealed that is wasn't completely autobiographical. Her husband took the position as a judge in Dominica in 1829, and she went with her father and Sir Gerard Noel to the Continent when her marriage failed. Anna went to Germany where she became very fond of sculptor Henry Behnes Burlow, who died in the cholera epidemic in 1837. Before his death, Burlow introduced her to Robert Noel, cousin to Lady Byron, who then introduced her to the Goethe family. She had an extensive correspondence with Lady Byron, but most of her papers were lost or destroyed. Very good in contemporary marbled boards, some wear to boards and spine, but a pleasing copy of a quite uncommon book. Bookplate on front pastedown, with occasional light browning.
Elysium Press (2005). Soft cover. A short story about a penpal relationship between "Marraine," ostensibly a middle aged provincial French spinster (but actually an ageing male bank clerk), and a French legionnaire serving in the Far East. Jullian paints an amusing portrait of this long distance courtship and brings the tale to a surprising conclusion. Printed letterpress in an edition of 100 copies, with illustration by the author. Fine in floral wallpaper wrappers.
Paris: Impr. de J. Haumont (1945). 34pp. Sir Coleridge Arthur Fitzroy Kennard (1885-1948) was educated at Eton and circulated in Oscar Wilde's milieu (his mother financed the Epstein memorial for him at Pere Lachaise). He was also a great friend of Ronald Firbank and Vyvyan Holland and for many years was Firbank's most ardent supporter and literary confidant. One of several publications issued during his lifetime and surely one of the oddest- it might be argued that the book is in fact a spoof, created by a third party, to denigrate Kennard or bring amusement to others. The poems herein, all in English, are erotic to some extent, a number quite homoerotic: "O! let me calm/ Your fevered blood / Quick! Let me drink,/ Deep in the chasm,/ The growing flood/ Of your vast spasm!" One of 380 numbered copies, finely printed on Johannot, cream wrappers lightly worn. Rare.
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.
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.
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).
London: H. Henry & Co. (1896). 311pp. A rare decadent novel in the form of a journal and letters, which resembles a French Symbolism work. The introduction cautions: "Basil Brooke....[has] a tendency toward softness, fatalistic acquiescence, and pervasive unsatisfactoriness which are so regrettably "in the air"...he becomes one which it may be good to present at the present time- if only for warning." There are descriptions of decadent London rooms and much drug-taking and a failed romance. The introduction also notes that the book was completed before the recent death of a well known French writer (Paul Verlaine?). Brian Reade's penned ownership signature on endpaper and his penciled notation where Beardsley is mentioned in the text. Quite rare- there appear to be no institutional copies in the US. Good in boards, marbled endpapers, light wear to corners, spine a bit dulled. Gilt stamp on front cover of the Kingsley hotel, so this is likely a later binding.
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.
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.
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.
Elysium Press (1999). Hardcover. 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 75 copies available (bound in wool flannel) with buttons on the spine.
An important collection of art notebooks and related ephemera created by the British artist Gerald Leet (1913-1998). Leet was an accomplished artist and teacher who became a War Artist and later "Artist to the Queen Mother." The collection includes scores of small watercolours mainly from the 1920's of people and scenes and both the image and the captions often providing a humorous insight. These early works cover the period when he was a student at Goldsmiths and later at the Royal College of Art. During WWII Leet spent much of his time in South Africa and Egypt and there are a number of very well crafted "architectural" style drawings and watercolours from this period. Later he came to the attention of Lord Wavell, Viceroy of India and it was Wavell who arranged his appointment as official war artist in New Delhi. It seems his strength as a "head and shoulder" craftsman was particularly important and most of the images from this period (all in a separate "notebook" ) are pen drawings of head and shoulder of Indian and other troops etc. . Denton Welch portrayed Leet (as Marcus Lynch) in his most famous novel "A Voice Through a Cloud". His work for the Queen later Queen Mother (sketches of her Staff) earned him temporary accommodation at Windsor Castle. Over 375 individual paintings or sketches, in 5 sketch books, generally very good.
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),
New York: Julien Levy Gallery (ND- 1940s?). An advertisment for an auction of works by Tchelitchew, Diego Rivera, Walker Evans, Rockwell Kent and numerous others to benefit political prisoners. The single folded sheet also notes a "Brazilian Strip Tsi-Tsi Dance" and references the sponsors, which included Chick Austin, Bennet Cerf and others. Very good, quite rare.