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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.
London: His Majesty's Stationery Office (1949). 66pp. A rather odd publication of the Privy Council which analyzes the respective physiques of city vs. town dwellers, immigrants vs. natives, etc. with extensive statistical information. The information is collated by county, most of which appears to have been gathered during the war years. Very good in original wrappers, slight browning to wrappers.
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.
Sparta: Volume 3, Number 1 (1967). 64pp. This issue of the teen heartthrob magazine has extensive coverage of the immortal Davy Jones ("A Groovy Date Day with Davy") as well as the other Monkees. The magazine inspired countless fans of every persuasion, including the writer Dennis Cooper, Numerous photographs. Very good in wrappers.
Paris: A La Librairie de France (1925). 1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to. Subititled "Portraits, satiriques en vers inédits" this is a collection of forty brief essays that were published posthumously because of their scandalous content. de 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. 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. The complete edition consists of only 150 copies and 20 hors commerce copies, of which this is one (press numbered "M'). Near fine in wrappers, prospectus laid in.
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.
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.
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.