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Paris: August (1923). 4to. This edition of the periodical is dedicated to "Les Gauchesses" and has numerous illustrations by Martin related to "Un Sport a la Mode: l'Inversion." The illustrations all relate to homosexuality in one way or another; one refers specifically to Oscar Wilde. Very good, previously folded, small tears and light browning to covers.
[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.
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.
Paris (1922). McAlmon was the founder of Contact Editions, publisher of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway, among others. This is the author's second book, a collection of stories, published at his own expense and it Includes the gay story "A Boy's Discovery". One of 300 copies, printed by Maurice Darantiére in Dijon. Young 2601. Very good in original wrappers, the endpaper bears the signature of Jane Heap, editor of The Little Review.
London (1996). 4to. A beautifully produced memorial volume in memory of Teddy Millington-Drake, with contributions by many of his friends, including Bruce Chatwin, Diana Melly and Felicity Sutherland. Numerous diary excerpts, letters, photographs and paintings are reproduced. One of 425 numbered copies produced for subscribers only. Very good in decorative boards and slipcase, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf of London.
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: Chatto and Windus (1889). 370pp. The quite rare novel by the Victorian journalist and novelist, this being the only one with a homosexual element. Val Strange appears in Edward Prime Stevenson's short story "Out of the Sun." and references the novel in his classic, The Intersexes (@369). The novel originally appeared in 1882 in three separate installments; this later edition appeared in 1889. Very good in original binding, slight spine roll, corners bumped, light cover wear.
Ashover: Frank Murray (1896) 8vo. 75pp. Uranian poetry celebrating the beauty of the author's beloved pupil, Alec Melling. A very good copy in 3/4 morocco binding, slight wear to edges. With the bookplate of McDouglas Scott on front endpaper, along with his signature and assorted penciled notations. "Southernwood" refers to a plant that is reputed to have an aroma similar to sperm. Very good in quarter cloth, original wrappers not present, light foxing to endpapers and a bit of light crayon marks on rear endpapers. [Love in Earnest, p.249]. One of 208 copies, photographic frontispiece. An original photograph of a nude boy is tipped on to front endpaper. Uncommon.
Paris: Gallimard . 219pp. Several short fictional works with a printed dedication to Serge Lifar, from a series edited by Paul Morand. Very good in original wrappers, the edition consisted of only 43 copies- this example one of 15 numbered copies on Navarre (#22). Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper- the name of the dedicatee has been neatly erased.
London: Leonard Smithers and Co., 1899. lg 8vo. Termed a "book of monologues" by the author, the short works have titles such as: "Faint," "Sob." "Was," etc. "In general, to help a man is like reviving an assassin who has designs on your life. For beyond the truth that most men are naturally your enemies, the one who solicits your help shews by the very act that you have something which he has not, and which he cannot like you for having." Chocolate brown cloth, lettered in gilt. First edition, second binding, with Grant Richards's imprint at the toe of the spine. Very good, light wear to edges.
Bruxelles: Chez l'Ancien Pierre Marteau (1891). 110pp. A French edition of this controversial text, considered "almost a treatise in disguise on sodomy." (Ashbee at 24.) Editions were routinely confiscated and destroyed throughout, commencing with its original appearance (in Italian) in 152. An earlier publisher, Jules Gay, was condemned for the book in 1868 and all the available copies were destroyed, including the copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale. This issue uses the same imprint as that edition. Very good in original plain paper wrappers, light spotting to title page. Uncommon.
The corrected galley proofs of an essay about a duel fought between the rival editors of Blackwood's and The London Magazine in 1821. One of Patmore's relatives (Coventry) was involved in the drama and he relates here previously unknown details, published in The Literary Chronicle. Patmore is known for his vivid portrayals of Bright Young Things Stephen Tennant, Cecil Beaton, Coward and others. Also included are newspaper clippings by Patmore about J.L. Cambell and Norman Douglas (annotated in his hand: "Unpublished in my book, Private History- when I was staying with Richard Aldington in Florence and saw Norman Douglas almost every day- I was 23..." Very good, the proofs are signed by the author, penciled corrections throughout.
Paris: Imprimerie de l'Institut Catholique (1985). 14pp. Unpublished letters "pederastique" to Claudel reproduced in facsimile. Issued only in an edition of 50 numbered copies printed on "papyrus cardinalice." An apparently clandestine publication with a faux publisher :"To honor the memory of St. Paul Claudel and blast pederasts, this unpublished work was completed on 1 April 1985 on the presses of the Catholic Institute of Paris. Corydon Alexis is President and Tityrus the-tail-master printer. Every copy not stamped apostolic and not initialed by the President shall be deemed false and counterfeit and liable to ecclesiastical courts..." Very good in wrappers.
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.
Volume 3 and 4 /Ano 1. (1922). These two editions of the relatively short-lived but highly influential Portuguese modernist literary magazine contain the highly controversial essay by Fernando Pesso, entitled Antonio Botto e o Ideal Esthetico em Portugal, which praised Botto and his homoerotic work, Cancoes. The following issue (#4) contains Alvaro Maia's equally controversial response, entitled "Literatura de Sodoma o Sr. Fernando Pessoa e o ideal estetico em Portugal." Pessoa had published Fernando Botto's volume of homoerotic poetry entitled Cancoes the year previously, which resulted in this diatribe by Maia, in which he ridicules the work of Botto and Pessoa's circle. This in turn lead to a response by Raul Leal, also published by Pessoa, entitled Sodome Divinisada, in which he defends the works of Botto and others, whose work was ridiculed as encouraging homosexuality. Good in original wrappers, spine a bit cracked and worn. Uncommon.
London : Smith, Elder, 1915. 128pp. 2 pl. 2 portraits. A collection of poetry by Phillips, published posthumously, along with his notes from the front and several letters of condolence. Very good, cream boards a bit marked, corners bumped, light spotting. Inscribed on front paste down: “Marmie from Mother/March 3rd 1916.