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Copyright stamp of Islay Lyons on verso.
Small inked stamp on verso.
Original vintage photograph (9" x 10"), copyright stamp on verso with penned inscription by Lyons.
Bernhard Zack, Treptow, 1912. 327pp. 3rd. ed. The first modern sports novel written by the Scottish anarchist and longtime gay activist. The novel [The Swimmer] has only recently been translated into English and remains an important record of early swimmer and diving competitions in Berlin, about which the author was quite keen. Some critics have described the novel as a significant document about anarchism in its portrayal of the struggles between the individual and the constraints imposed by society (in this case the sports club). Subsequent to the publication of this book in 1901 (and after the death of his mother), he turned much of his energy to the publication of gay poems and stories (writing under the pseudonym "Sagitta" as well as writings on anarchism. His "Sagitta" books were declared obscene in 1909, and this new revised edition of Der Schwimmer is quite uncommon. See Kennedy, Reading John Henry Mackay. This edition is imited edition to 50 signed and numbered copies (this being "23'), original plain paper wrappers chipped at edges and worn and cracked at spine.
Berlin: Mackay-Gesellschaft (1932). A collection of poems issued toward the end of the gay anarchist's life. In his old age, Mackay tried to supplement his income by establishing a Mackay-Gesellschaft (Mackay Society) to publish and sell his books and this was one of the three books issued under that imprint. Includes "Heimliche Aufforderung" - one of the poems set to music by Richard Strauss, which was inspired by a boy, Very good in sewn wrappers.
An original photograph of a male nude athlete (5" x 7"), circa 1930s. On verso, is a partially obscured ink stamp "Collection privee....". Very good, with several imperfections in the plate.
A vintage "stereoview" photograph, likely German (1890s) depicting a partially nude helmeted man with a sword assaulting another unclothed man lying on the ground in a rural setting. (6.25" x 3.5"). Very good, with the number "P-1191" printed in the plate at lower right.
[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.
London: Arthur Humphreys (1920). Soft cover. A collection of poems, some with a gay element, from the American writer and poet. Very good in brown wrappers, minor edgewear. office.
Paris: Charpentier (1890). 364pp. The perhaps partly autobiographical novel about the abuse of a schoolboy by a Jesuit priest, which has dire consequences for the youth. Mirbeau is known for a number of avant-garde novels and he enjoyed great literary success during his lifetime. Very good in 1/4 leather boards, edges slightly bumped, original wrappers present. Uncommon.
Madrid: Aldeasa (2004). 315pp. The extensive illustrated exhibition catalog from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía of Le-Tan's illustrations, many reproduced in color. Essays by Modiano. Patrick Mauries, Jose Llop and others. Near fine in wrappers. Uncommon.
Paris: G.Richard (1893). The eccentric esthete's first book, a collection of poems which evoke his symbolist leanings with darkly turgid passages and strange allusions. Very good in original wrappers, some light wear and browning, occasional pencil marks, rebound in patterned paper boards, edgewear. Uncommon.
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: Fasquelle (1899). 4to. 1st Edition. Soft cover. The first edition of these sonnets with 4 etchings by Albert Bernard. A very good copy in original wrappers, one of 150 numbered copies printed on Vélin de cuve. Uncommon in this state.
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.
Romainville (1935). 12pp. This journal has essays on "Les Dernier Dandys": Robert de Montesquiou (by Elisabeth de Gramont); Boni de Castellane and the Marquesa Casati (by Michel Georges-Michel). Illustrated. Very good in wrappers.
Tombouctou (1986). Hardcover. Two stories translated by Paul Bowles. One hundred casebound copies signed by the author and translator. Very good. office.
Wien (1999-2000). Soft cover. The complete three volume set of homoerotic photographs published to commemorate gay rights in Austria. Numerous amateur photographs of affectionate men in various settings. Fine in stiff boards, modest wear to card slipcase.
Paris: Les éditions d’art de Raymond Duncan (1926). 24pp. 4to. A rare collection of Sapphic poetry poetry by Roger de Nereys, pseudonym of Marie-Antoine de Helle ( 1894-1976). The book was printed by the American philosopher, artist and poet, Raymond Duncan. Very good in original fragile wrappers, browned, with slight edgewear. One of 20 special copies on Chine (V), with a penciled poem by the author on frontispiece. Laid in is an autographed note in the hand of the author.
Mexico : Talleres Graficos de la Nacion, 1925. 29pp. An unusual Mexican character, often outrageously demonstrative in his homoseuxality, he was fond of outrageous wigs....The author's first publication, One of 200 copies. Salvador Novo López (1904 –1974) was a Mexican writer, poet, playwright, translator, television presenter, entrepreneur, and the official chronicler of Mexico City. As a noted intellectual, he influenced popular perceptions of politics, media, the arts, and Mexican society in general. He was a member of Los Contemporáneos, a group of Mexican writers, as well as of the Mexican Academy of the Language. Novo defied the machismo and conservative Catholicism prevalent in 20th century Mexican culture by making almost no efforts to conceal his sexuality. He was, however, accepted by the Mexican government. He held official posts related to culture, was elected to the Mexican Language Academy, and had a television program on Mexico City's history. Towards the end of his life, he dyed his hair a bright carrot color and wore many ostentatious rings and colored suits. He has been compared to Oscar Wilde, but unlike Wilde, Novo never suffered the setback of scandal or persecution and remained an accepted and respected member of society and governmental circles until his death. In fact, some sectors resented the fact that a gay writer would align himself so closely with the government and media after the repression of social movements in the 1960s and 1970s. Salvador Novo was a provocative and prolific cultural presence in Mexico City through much of the twentieth century. With his friend and fellow poet Xavier Villaurrutia, he cofounded Ulises and Contemporáneos, landmark avant-garde journals of the late 1920s and 1930s. At once “outsider” and “insider,” Novo held high posts at the Ministries of Culture and Public Education and wrote volumes about Mexican history, politics, literature, and culture. The author of numerous collections of poems, including XX poemas, Nuevo amor, Espejo, Dueño mío, and Poesía 1915–1955, Novo is also considered one of the finest, most original prose stylists of his generation.
Westminster: P.S. King & Son (1912). The author, a relatively unknown political writer and one-time president of a Working Boy’s Athletic Club, was very much in the forefront of the Uranian movement, in the tradition of Edward Carpenter. In this, his first book, he constructed a theory of erotic socialism in which he recommends that “the way out” of the oppression of the shop assistant is the “reckless love of comrades”. “My friend,” he writes, “is my God. I know no other God. He is not one and indivisible, but one and a million times divisible. I find him everywhere, because once I found him in one single soul. He gave me my clue. He is the little apprentice who looks a momentary greeting to me across the counter, as I speak to him kindly over some trifling purchase; he is the little ink-stained clerk who moves nearer to me on the seat of the omnibus, he does not know why; he is the young undergraduate whose eyes meet mine with a serene shyness as we pass in the street; he is the young engine driver who stops work for a moment with his hand full of cotton waste, and wonders where we have met before... It is for me to choose him as of old the knight errants chose their pages. It does not matter where I find him. He may be an errand-boy, a newspaper-runner.. Whoever injures him injures me; whoever makes an enemy of him makes an enemy of me... All that I have belongs to him for a purpose that when the moment arrives he may by example become a revolutionary, an upholder of the New Aristocracy.” Quite uncommon. Very good in wrappers, small stain to cover and light wear. See d'Arch Smith @89-90.
Bruxelles: Chez l'Ancien Pierre Marteau (1891). 110pp. Soft cover. A French edition of this controversial text, considered "almost a treatise in disguise on sodomy." (Ashbee at 24.) Very good in original paper wrappers. 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.