Paris: Imprimerie nationale 1923. 4to. 179pp. The only published work by the author was the daughter of Count Henry Greffulhe and his wife, Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay (said to be a model for the Duchess of Guermantes in Marcel Proust’s novel, À la recherche du temps perdu). Proust attended her wedding in 1904 and his appearance was apparently caught on film. Robert de Montesquiou, a cousin, has contributed an introduction. Very good in marbled wrappers, light wear. Quite rare with only two institutional copies located.
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Paris: Charles Carrington (1904). 106pp. A collection of erotic poems, one of which is entitled "Eros Urania" and bears a printed dedication to Achille Essebac, author of the Dédé schoolboy series. A very good copy in original wrappers, light foredge spotting. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Uncommon.
Paris: Librairie Marcel Rivière (1955). 23pp. A record of the Guérin's observations of the Spanish Civil War and his call for an end to fascism in all of its manifestations. The author was an articulate spokesman for anarchism and an early and ardent proponent of free love and homosexuality. He was a leading figure in the French Left from the 1930s until his death in 1988. Very good in lightly browned staple wrappers, some tearing at spine. Uncommon.
London (1972). The very gossipy autobiography of the English aristocrat and longtime Tangier resident. Introduction by Paul Bowles, illustrations by Cecil Beaton. References to Barbara Hutton, Chips Channon, Dina Guiness and many others. Very good, very good jacket, with some edgewear to jacket. An original watercolor is tipped onto endpaper; laid into the book is the copy of a letter from the critic Terrence O'Flaherty to Herbert tanking him for a visit. Uncommon.
Leipzig: Verlag Max Sphr (1904). 744 pp. The 1904 edition of this important yearbook of research on homosexuality by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld. The Jahrbuch ran from 1899-1923 and is the most important record of such research ever accumulated. This example contains several essays on von Platen Hallermünde, essays by Hirschfeld and Benedict Friedlaender and Caspar Wirz. Several illustrations, as well as a bibliography of books with homosexual relevance recently published. A very nice copy in the original binding, very light wear to covers.
London : John F. Shaw and Co., . 383pp. An historical novel about Gavestone, the favorite of King Edward II. It was alleged by medieval chroniclers that Edward II and Piers Gaveston were lovers, a rumour that was reinforced by later portrayals in fiction, such as Christopher Marlowe's late 16th-century play Edward II. An uncommon book, very good in illustrated boards, with light wear.
[Alès] : [PAB] (1974). 12pp. One of several homoerotic works by Jouhandeau published by his friend Pierre-Andre Benoit. The works were all published anonymously and issued in very small editions. One of 40 numbered copies (#37), printed on heavyweight handmade paper. Near fine in original white printed wrappers.
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.
[Ankara] Forum . 246pp. Death in Troy is a novel of repressed homosexuality by popular Turkish writer Bilge Karasu (1930-1995). A young man growing up in a small coastal village comes of age in an atmosphere of sublimated, disoriented male eroticism. Governed by religious and sexual taboos, rigid gender roles, stifling maternal love, and the enforced silences of social decorum, he is driven to the point of insanity from which he slowly and painfully returns. Told from several points of view and structured in a series of intersecting flashbacks and interior monologues, the novel describes the difficult geography of male intimacy from multiple perspectives-adolescent friendship, homosexual desire, mother-son bonds, and those between men and women. Perhaps the most important modern gay Turkish novel. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers. Uncommon.
Berolini : Impensis G. Reimeri (1831). A dissertation on the life and writings of Hecataeus by the German philologist. Hecataeus of Miletus was a Greek philosopher whose studies of the natural world and geography were among the most provocative of his generation. This text contains a study of early surveys of the ancient world. Rebound in Italian paper boards, leather spine label, with the ownership stamp of Norman Douglas on front pastedown. Light foxing throughout. Map. Rare.
Petersburg: Prometei (ND) . 74pp. The gay Symbolist poet's free verse cycle drawn from his early experiences in Alexandria. Written between 1905 and 1908, these love poems are said to be the first significant cycle of free verse written in Russian and form the basis for their author's international reputation. Kuzmin employed several voices, both male and female, to express the love for young men to recreate the atmosphere of Alexandria under Hadrian the Great. Harold Bloom included this title in The Western Canon (1994). A good copy in worn wrappers, the front wrapper is detached and the rear wrapper is not present, small chips and marks to front wrapper. The book is laid into plain brown wrappers. Rare. First separate edition of Kuzmin's Alexandrian Songs, originally published as part of his first collection, Nets, in 1908. 'Kuzmin's fame as a poet rests largely with his cycle "Alexandrian Songs" (1905 1908). These are love poems with different personas, male and female, mostly homoerotic, stylized to reflect the sensibility of Alexandria in the age of Hadrian. One subcycle tells of a Roman soldier enamored of a distant Antinous, whose beauty overwhelms him at first sight. The poems are in unrhymed free verse, one of the few real successes in the writing of Russian free verse. The moods of the Mediterranean metropolis, its sights, sounds, and smells, provide a rich background to ingenuous and mostly serene declarations, confessions, and exultant boasts of love. The whole spirit of "Alexandrian Songs" is a credit to Russian poetry's ability to project a sensibility so totally alien to Russian life' (Terras).Tarasenkov p. 198; not in Kilgour.
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.
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.
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. . Rose 1884; Pia, p.505-507, Kearney 704. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to spine and covers. Quite rare.