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Ercilla: Santiago (1937). 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, this is a later edition published in Chile. Very good in worn wrappers, light wear to covers, spine damage, and browning to paper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zurich: Der Kreis (1956). An unbound set of the complete year of 12 issues for 1956. 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.
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.
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: Albin Michel . 1st Edition. Soft cover. The first edition of this novel, one of an unknown number of large paper copies, warmly inscribed by the author on endpaper. Very good in original orange wrappers, covers lightly worn. Uncommon. Place 24. Philippe Jullian writes that the novel "is one of the most laughably odd books ever written." Montesquiou portrays himself in the guise of an English governess to whom he attributes the hoaxes of his youth. The novel was penned while he passed a somber holiday at his family home in the south of France,
Paris: A La Librairie de France (1925). 4to. A collection of forty brief essays that were published posthumously because of their scandalous content. Montesquiou refers to the collection in his Mémoires III (page 108) and the essays are thinly veiled references to many of his acquaintances in the beau monde fin-de-siecle. These include many Proustian characters such as the Comtesse de Brantes, the Duchesse de Clermont Tonnerre, as well as others such as Natalie Barney. Each vignette is introduced with an amusing woodblock drawing by Llano-Florez and the frontispiece is by Aubrey Beardsley. A lovely production, printed in two colors, one of only 150 numbered copies. Near fine in wrappers. Laid into the book is a 1pp. holograph undated letter from Montesquiou to an unknown recipient ("Cher ami") referencing a rendezvous.
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: 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.
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.
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: Privately printed (1923). Uranian poetry by the author of several similar volumes extoling the virtues of such relationships. Printed by Francis Edwin Murray who issued a number of Uranian texts. One of 28 large paper copies, good in grey boards, covers browned and worn, spine starting to crack. Original prospectus for the book laid in (one sheet folded). Bookplate (by Ralph Chubb) of Anthony Reid on front pastedown.Young 3041*.
Paris: Dorbon . A brilliantly chatty gay novel whose central character is an androgynous dandy and man about town. The author's only novel, it was later excerpted in Adelsward-Fersen's short lived magazine Akademos. Boulestin, a onetime secretary to Willy (Henry Gauthier-Villars) was friends with Reggie Turner, Robert Ross, among others, and went on to become one of England's most famous chefs. Very good in very good illustrated wrappers. Uncommon.