Didier Millet (1996). 1st Edition. Hardcover. The only collection of photographs by this talented artist, who was friends with many in the artistic and literary worlds. Photographs of Graham Greene, Harold Acton, Bryher, Noel Coward, Janet Flanner, Peggy Guggenheim, Sybille Bedford, Margot Fonteyn and many others. Also included are landscapes and Italian cityscapes. Fine as issued in original wrappers, limited to 500 copies. The book was never released commercially and is quite rare.
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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.
Giraud: Paris (1885) 378pp. This naturalistic novel is perhaps the author's most highly regarded work and is an early work with lesbian characters. The author was a member of the Académie Goncourt and frequently wrote about the struggle for equality and women's rights. Very good in 1/4 leather boards, edgewear to boards, wrappers not present.
Buenos Aires (1923). 2 vols. Considered by some to be a classic of its genre of the 1920s, the book created problems for its author for its portrayal of outré lifestyles. Originally published in French several years earlier, this edition is part of the Los Selectos series published in Argentina Good in stapled wrappers, light wear to covers and browning to paer.
Naples: The English Book-Press: R. Rispoli (1906). sm. 8vo. , 205, . original grey wrappers printed in red, [vi], 205,  pp. 1st Edition. Soft cover. First edition of the first novel by an American with both an explicit gay theme and a sympathetic attitude toward its gay characters. Styled a “little psychological romance” by the author, the novel recounts the growing love between a middle-aged British aristocrat and a Hungarian military officer. According to the colophon, Imre was “Privately printed in a limited edition,” and, although the limitation is unstated, scholars have long debated the publishing history of this book, as well as that of the author’s other great work on homosexuality, The Intersexes. Although it appears that Imre was ostensibly issued in an edition of 500 copies, the book is far rarer than The Intersexes, which was limited to only 100 numbered copies. Scholars agree that the prime reason for the scarcity of Imre is because many copies were destroyed in the great Messina earthquake of 1908. Edward I. Stevenson was born in New Jersey in 1868 and, although he passed the state bar examination, he began writing books instead. Writing under his own name, his literary output ranged from several novels for boys with faintly Uranian tones to various collections of short stories and music criticism. But his greatest legacies, by far, were Imre and The Intersexes, not just rarities of early 20th-century American literature, but also groundbreaking books with enduring influence. Each is a founding document of modern lesbian and gay studies, and each seems to have required its author’s expatriation and his assumption of a closelyguarded pseudonym, in order to be published. The present example is unique and quite significant in that it includes a previously unknown page tipped into the text, which identifies where the book could be purchased. The publishing history of the book has always been extremely cloudy, no doubt because of Stevenson’s frequent obfuscations about the true identity of the Very good in original printed wrappers with light cover wear and light wear to spine. The cover and title page bear the revised 1908 date of publication sticker, also present in other copies of the book. Only three institutions currently hold copies (Harvard, Cornell, British Library). Quite rare.
Paris: Contact Publishing Co. (1923). One of the first publications of McAlmon's press, so named because of it's affinities with his earlier collection of stories, A Hasty Bunch. McAlmon arrived in Paris several years earlier and married Bryher, who financed his Contact Editions. A very good copy in original buff wrappers, spine a bit browned, with slight chipping.
Zurich: Der Kreis (1962). An unbound set of the complete year of 12 issues for 1962. It was published in German, French and English and contained articles on literature, art and culture and each edition contained photographs and artwork, many by renowned artists. Artwork by George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, George Platt Lynes, Jean Boullet and stories by James Barr, Michael Kuzmin and others. In Hubert Kennedy's book The Ideal Gay Man, which chronicles the history of Der Kreis, Kennedy describes the magazine as having been "the world's most important journal promoting the legal and social rights of gay men" for much of its publication period and one of very few such journals in Europe at the time.Additionally, it remains the only gay publication to include editorial content in three languages. (Wikipedia) In 2014, the magazine's history was documented in a Swiss docudrama film eponymously titled The Circle. The film, which features a mix of historical footage from the 1950s and dramatizations of events, won the Teddy Award and the Panorama Audience Award in the documentary category at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. All issues are very good condition with minimal cover wear, two issues have light cover spotting.
Bâle: Impr. exclusivement pour les membres de la Société des bibliophiles, les amis des lettres et des arts galants, [ND.]. are clandestine printing of Gay & Douce 3 highly indecent poems; each of 3 poems is prefixed with the information provided by the orig issue its own title page. Our specimen without the 3 pediments, which were added only a few copies (s. Dutel 857). Very good in marbled paper boards, slight chip to bottom of spine, marbled endpapers, original wrappers not present.
New York and Paris: Harrison of Paris (1931). 175pp. The sixth publication of this distinguished publisher, designed by Monroe Wheeler and printed in Paris. Wheeler commissioned Maurice Barraud to contribute illustrations for the text, which are stencil-coloured by Eugéne Charpentier, one of only a small number of books illustrated by Barraud. Of a total edition of 595 copies, this is one of only fifty special numbered copies (XXXVI) printed on Imperial Japan vellum and bound in 1/4 morocco boards with illustrated front board, gilt top edge, raised bands, slipcased. A very good copy, slight wear to spine with very small chip to leather spine, leather edges of slipcase lightly worn. A very good copy, rather uncommon in this state.Wheeler collaborated with a number of important writers, artists and typographers to produce some of the great examples of printing during this period.
Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle (1896) 418pp. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Uncommon book of poetry by the French aesthete and Proustian character. Original cover illustration designed by Paul Helleu. Very good in original wrappers, very slight wear, bound in blue linen boards with spine label, light wear to covers.
Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle (1896) 418pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Uncommon book of poetry by the French aesthete and Proustian character. Original cover illustration designed by Paul Helleu. Very good in original wrappers, very slight wear, bound in blue linen boards with spine label, light wear to covers.
London: Privately Printed (1923). Hardcover. Uranian poems by the publisher of many such works. One of 50 special large paper copies. Very good, small adhesion to front cover, bookplate of Uranian collector Anthony Reid (by Ralph Chubb). Photographic frontispiece of a nude boy opposite title page and another similar image opposite page 62.
Garcia Monge: San Jose de Costa Rica (1923). 150pp. A collection of short essays on a variety of subjects by the Uruguayan writer, some of which were extracted from earlier publications. Very good in leather boards, light brownign to endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author to Enrique Canepa on endpaper.
Leipzig: Matthes (1864). 28pp. The first of the twelve groundbreaking essays on homosexuality written by Carl Ulrichs, and among the most important publications on homosexuality. Ulrichs was routinely prosecuted for his work and worked tirelessly to promote his agenda of gay rights: "The Urning, too, is a person. He, too, therefore, has inalienable rights. His sexual orientation is a right established by nature. Legislators have no right to veto nature; no right to persecute nature in the course of its work; no right to torture living creatures who are subject to those drives nature gave them. The Urning is also a citizen. He, too, has civil rights; and according to these rights, the state has certain duties to fulfill as well. The state does not have the right to act on whimsy or for the sheer love of persecution. The state is not authorized, as in the past, to treat Urnings as outside the pale of the law." (from "Araxes"). Very good in original buff wrappers, light wear at edges, very light spotting throughout, small stamp on lower spine. See Dynes, History of Homosexuality; Kennedy, Life and Works of Carl Heinrich Ulrichs; Hohmann, Der unterdrückte Sexus.