London. Elkin Mathews (1893). #2. This issue of the elegantly produced fin de siecle journal includes contributions by Verlaine, Arnold Dolmetsche and Horne and includes a frontispiece by Charles Shannon and a drawing by Simeon Solomon. A number of prominent writers and artists contributed to the journal (including Wilde, Symonds, Ernest Dowson and Lionel Johnson). Very good, light edge wear to covers, first pages lightly foxed, but very good overall. Laid into a custom linen chemise.
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[Paris?] : [Massot], [between 1958 and 1961]. 66pp. First edition of this erotic text written in 1932 while the author was living on Francis Picabia's yacht moored in Cannes. Andre Gide contributes an extensive introduction to the work, which is a recounting of Massot's homosexual experiences. The author, a member of the Dada movement also describes the artistic and literary circles of Montparnasse with memories of Eric Satie and Marcel Duchamp. Very good in lightly faded wrappers, unbound as issued, paper lightly browned, #122 of 220 copies. It appears that this may be a trade edition of the text published by Pierre-André-Benoit in 1959, which appeared in an edition of 55 copies with an illustration of the author by Jacques Villon.
Saint-Maxant (1990). A collection of eleven letters written by the French writer and Academician to a young gay priest in the 1930s and 1940s, some of which are reproduced in facsimile. Introduction by Andre Dalbigny, S.J. This is the first appearance of these letters and they are an important insight into a part of the writer's life that is not widely known. One of only fifty copies printed on Demi Chiffon Gris Janseniste (and an hors commerce copy for the archbishop of Bordeaux). This copy is also an hors commerce copy. Fine in original black wrappers. Uncommon.
Neuchatel: [Société des Bibliophiles Cosmopolites] (1873). 97pp. The first reprint of these notorious revolutionary tracts regarding sodomy, originally published in 1790, all of which are now extremely rare. Les Enfans de Sodome a l'Assemblée Nationale ou Députation de l'Ordre de la Manchette lists a great number of individuals by name, all of whom were accused of homosexual acts, causing an uproar when it originally appeared. Very good in contemporary 1/4 morocco binding, raised bands, gilt design marbled endpapers, small bookplate on front pastedown one of only 100 numbered copies (copy #62). Rare.
Paris: Figuiere . 30pp. A short play script/poem about a romantic drama among two men and a women. Bound in handmade boards, title written on cover, long inscription by the author on endpaper, along with an original drawing adhered to front pastedown, tassled thread, bookplate of Octave Chavaillon. Laid in at rear is a 4pp (1 sheet folded) printed collection of five sonnets entitled "Antinous", each of which are initialed by the author, who has also inscribed and numbered the collection. A curious publication-we can find no example in any institution, nor any other works published by the author.
Zurich: Der Kreis (1958). An unbound set of the complete year of 12 issues for 1958. 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.
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: Gazette des Beaux Art (1901). 4to. 16pp. An illustrated essay by Montesquiou on the French painter that appeared in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in February of 1901. The essay brought new attention to the artist and Montesquiou wrote about him in future years, as well. See Bertrand, Les curiosités esthé tiques de Robert de Montesquiou @339-42. Very good in original wrappers, slightly browned, bound in decorative boards, several small abrasions to spine. Uncommon.
London (1878). 8vo. Often regarded as first great modern Irish novelist, Moore influenced James Joyce among many others. This, his first published work, was self-published and derided by the critics who were offended by "depravities in store for moralistic readers" and was withdrawn by the author shortly thereafter. Very good in black cloth, front cover gilt with design of a skull and cross-bones with a lyre, lightly worn spine gilt-lettered, some scattered foxing. Rebound using the original front cover.
Buenos Aires (1918-1920). Nine (of 10) issues of the important Argentinian journal of art and literature, which highlighted many prominent Spanish American writers, as well as provocative Symbolist and Decadent artwork by Alfredo Guido, Rodolfo Franco, Lopez Naguil and others. The contributors included Gabriela Mistral, Jose Rodo, Roberto Giusti ("La Amante de Petronio"), Bernard Shaw, Gabriele d'Annunzio and many others; issue #9 was devoted to young poets. See Lafleur, H.R., as revistas literarias argentinas, 1893-1967 (pp 85-88). Generally very good in original decorative wrappers, occasional spotting to covers, lightly browned with some wear to spines. Uncommon.
Leipzig: Verlag "Wahrheit" (Max Spohr) . 255pp. An early gay novel set in the mid-1800s, which describes the lives and loves of Richard, a young musician living in Berlin. One of three gay novels written by the author, who was an influential musician and critic living in Riga. Fair in original rather worn boards, back strip missing, but sound. Advertisements at rear for other books from Spohr's "Wahrheit" series, including works by Wilde and other works by Pernauhm, including his classic Ercole Tomei. See Marita Keilson-Lauritz, Die Geschichte der eigenen Geschichte; Eldorado 1984 @99; Hergmöller, Mann für Mann @551. Quite uncommon.
Leipzig: Verlag Max Spohr (1900). 175pp. One of the most important gay novels of its age, Ercole Tomei tells the story of a young musician who falls in love with his professor and the jealousies that ensue when the younger man marries. The author was Guido Eckardt Hermann (1873-1951) a musician and journalist, who for many years was one of the most influential figures of cultural life in Riga. A very good copy in original wrappers, some browning to covers and small closed tear at spine. Exceedingly rare, the fi rst copy we have seen.
Lisbon: Monteiro & Co. (1918). One of two books self-published by Pessoa in 1918, the other being Antinous. Both of these publications contain a number of passages that have been interpreted as having a gay sub-text. An important and complex collection of modernist poetry, influenced by Elizabethan imagery. Very good in original sewn wrappers, light browning to covers and a few light traces of foxing, pages uncut.