Lyon: A. Rey (1921). 457pp. Alexandre Lacassagne was a French physician and criminologist who edited the influential Archives d'anthropologie criminelle for many years. It was in this context that he became acquainted with Andre Raffalovich, who contributed a number of essays on homosexuality to the journal. This was the author's last work and bears a warm inscription to Raffalovich on front endpaper. Very good in original wrappers.
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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. Very good in publisher's boards, marbled endpapers, light wear to corners, spine a bit dulled.
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 A previously unpublished work in which the author constructs a compelling tale of two boys, escorted by their mother and their cousin, and the hidden emotions that guide them on their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: Edition du Monument. Paris (1908). This lavish edition of Lorrain's classic decadent novella dedicated to the master designer Rene Lalique, illustrated throughout by O. D. V. Guillonnet. Lorrain was openly gay, often citing ancient Greece as noble heritage for homosexuality and became colloquially known as 'The Ambassador from Sodom.' Very good in full morocco boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, spine lightly sunned. This one is one of the tete de l'edition (#4) of 25 copies on Japan Shidzuoka initialled by the publisher, Fernand Ferroud. Ex libris P. Brunet. Tipped in to the text is a 1 page holograph letter from Lorrain to Jérôme Doucet.
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.
Glasgow: Robert Maclehouse (1917). 92pp. Busk was a student at Harrow and Cambridge and an accomplished pilot. The memorial book includes letters written by Busk, as well as a biography by his mother and letters of condolence. Good in blue boards, small stains to cover, light wear to edges and spine. Ownership signature of Robert William Mayo on front pastedown, along with his ink stamp on ffep. (He was later a Rear -Admiral in the Royal Navy). Tipped-in sheet with Mrs. Busk’s compliments.