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International Male Studio: Copenhagen (1966). Numerous male nude photographs, some in color, from Apollo, Galaxy, Mark One and numerous other studios. One of the early collections to appear after MANual Enterprises, Inc. v. Day, the U.S. Supreme Court case that held that magazines consisting largely of photographs of nude or near-nude male models are not obscene. Very good in very good jacket.
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: Imprimerie Crété 1922-1923. The complete run of the short-lived French satirical magazine consisting of 23 issues. Founded by Emile Merle, each issue of the review was illustrated by a sole artist, including Gus Bofa, Sem, P. Falké, L. Laforge, Boris, J. Hémard, Roubille, Vertès, Charles Martin, Text includes works by P. Reboux, M. Dekobra, Séverine, Ch.-H. Hirsh, R. Dorgelès, G. Chérau, R. de Jouvenel, H. Béraud, Curnonsky, P. Mac Orlan, M. Achard, Galtier-Boissière, Colette, F. de Miomandre and others. Of particular interest is the issue entitled "Les Gauchesses" which has numerous illustrations by Martin related to "Un Sport a la Mode: l'Inversion." Very good in linen binding, all wrappers present.
[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.
Zurich: Der Kreis (1961). An unbound set of the complete year of 12 issues for 1961. 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.
[Paris]: (1907) 303pp. An elaborate tribute to Gabriel de Yturri, the author's longtime lover and friend. The eccentric dandy and Yturri were at the center of the beaux monde in Paris during the closing years of the 19th century, portrayed by Proust, as well as numerous others. This tribute contains essays and poems by de Montesquiou, as well as a frontispiece of Yturri and a gravure of his headstone. One of only 100 copies issued, this is number 3. Very good in original wrappers, small stain to cover, pages uncut. An uncommon and important record of this collaboration.
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.
London: Print for Tho. Parkhurst, Tho. Cokerill and Benj. Alfop, (1680). Titus Oakes was a religious fanatic and conspiracy monger during the "Popish plots" in the late 17th century. He was also a known homosexual (expelled from several schools in his early life for sodomy) and was eventually found guilty of perjury in 1685. See Norton, R. Mother Clap's Molly House @34; Herrup, C. A House in Gross Disorder @128. In the 1630s, the sensational Castlehaven affair had whetted the appetites of those who equated homosexuality with the degeneracy of the Catholic church in England. Folio pamplet (31 x 20cm), sewn, but separated from a bound volume. pp. ,24,33-36. The jump in pagination is common to all copies & a printer's pagination error. Slightly frayed on the lower outer margins, light dampstain affecting upper inner margin first few leaves, otherwise very good. [Wing O41; Watt 713r].
Orioli was a Florentine bookseller best known for privately publishing the unexpurgated first edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover and for his long association with Norman Douglas. This photographic postcard (3 1/4" x 5 1/2") is inscribed "Best wishes from me and my cat/Pino"). On verso, the card is addressed to Robert Ullman and has a message dated "Xmas/1936". Very good, very light crease.