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Monaco (1965) 4to. A lavishly produced memorial tribute to the Comtesse de Polignac, who for many years was at the center of the artistic and social life of Paris. She was the daughter of the couturier, Jeanne Lanvin and belonged just as much to the music world as she did to the fashion world. Janet Flanner commented, "She had a voice like a well-trained lark." Salvador Dalí wrote in My Secret Life, "In spring it was very pleasant at Comtesse Marie-Blanche de Polignac's, where from the garden one listened to string quartets played in the interior, all aflame with candles and the Renoir paintings." This collection consists of tributes by an array of her friends and colleagues, including Lady Diana Cooper, Colette, Louise de Vilmorin, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Achard, Boris Kochno, Emilio Terry, Roderick Cameron and many others. Illustrations by Bérard, Jean Hugo, Picasso, Stravinsky and others. Numerous facsimiles and photographs laid into the text. Very good in chemise and clamshell box, some offsetting to box and small stain. Copy LXIII printed for Robert Veyron-Lacroix (one of 153 special copies).
Bruxelles: de Nobelle (1912). 189pp. The first biography of the Belgian Romantic painter, whose lurid and often morbid paintings presaged the Symbolist movement. Some of his works were inspired by Edgar Allen Poe and many were quite homoerotic in their portrayal of masculine beauty. Although derided by many (for his personality as well as his art) his works appeared in a number of public and private collections (Somerset Maugham owned several of his works). Very good in lightly worn wrappers, inscribed by the author on endpaper.
Paris; Monnier & cie (1886). 387pp. mention of 8th ed (perhaps fictive). A classic of French decadent writing, this novel tells the tale of Mary Barbe, an unloved girl who learns to counteract the cruelty of her upbringing by exploiting her sexuality. She ruthlessly crushes the men who fall in love with her until she meets a young medical student (prone to nosebleeds) who allows her to take out her sadistic fantasies upon him. An early feminist tale- Mary is never punished for her transgressions; she grows in power and depravity, with ‘a heart serene and a dagger raised.’ Very good in original decorative wrappers, lightly worn and sunned. Quite uncommon.
Edinburgh: G.P. Johnston (1895). 223pp. A curious collection of 1890s poetry- each poem bears the name of an artist or writer, including Oscar Wilde, Paul Verlaine, Rimbaud, John Gray, Lionel Johnson, etc. Printed dedication to Walter Pater. Very good in gilt-decorated boards, spine dulled, corners bumped. The endpaper bears an equally curious inscription: "Wingett (?) Fisher from the girls/ Wilton House 4-2-03." Brian Reade's penciled note on endpaper notes the book's scarcity. Limited to 666 copies.
Paris: E. Ganeau (1723). 78pp. 4to. An uncommon publication on the cult of Hadrian’s beloved Antinous. Heraldic bookplate of Louis Bauffremont (1685-1755), Knight of the Golden Fleece (Spain) “God ayde the first Christian” and “More joy for mourning”. Very good in contemporary vellum boards, slight separation at head of spine, usual wear at edges.Rare.
Paris: Éditions de Pan (1912). A quite uncommon collection of short essays with homoerotic allusions, one of which is dedicated to Jacques Fersen (with whom he shared the same publisher) and others to Georges Polti and Robert Scheffer. Many of the writers who were published by Éditions de Pan had also contributed to Fersen's short-lived periodical Akademos. A lovely copy in illustrated wrappers, inscribed by the author on the endpaper, occasional light foxing. Uncommon.
Paris: Alphonse Lemerre (1903). 130pp. "Paule Riversdale" was the pseudonym adopted by Renée Vivien (née Pauline Mary Tarn) and Baroness Hélène de Zuylen for several publications that they collaborated on during their six-year love affair. Zuylen, a wealthy member of the Rothschild family was married and had several children, but the romance with Vivien remained an important part of their lives (Vivien considered herself married to the Baroness) until Zuylen ended the relationship in 1907. Vivien, shocked and humiliated by the withdrawal of Zulylen left Paris to travel in Japan and eventually died in 1909, severly depressed over her failed relationships. This collection of poetry, much of it sapphic in nature, is quite uncommon. Very good in original wrappers with design by Levy Dhurmer. Claude Bac @185.
Iowa City: Typographic Library (1975) 4to. Soft cover. The second edition of this facsimile letter, limited to only 50 copies. Inscribed by Donald Weeks, the owner of the original letter, to Anthony Reid in the year of publication. Not in Woolf. One sheet folded and laid into plain blue card wrappers. The five illustrations by Rolfe have been redrawn and reduced. A fine copy.
Rugby: George Over (1889). Sayle's second book of verse, highly praised by John Addington Symonds and reviewed by Charles Kains Jackson in the Artist and Journal of Home Culture. Sayle went on to become a noted bibliographer in Cambridge, where he lived most of his life. Original white buckram a little yellowed, covers a bit marked, light browning to endpapers, erratum present at rear, rear hinge split. Limited to 220 copies. Uncommon. Young 3439. d'Arch Smith 250.
London: The Century Guild: Hobby Horse (October 1892). 4to. The Hobby Horse was a quarterly Victorian periodical in England published by the Century Guild of Artists and ran from 1884–1894. Unlike its successors, The Yellow Book and The Savoy, The Hobby Horse was not solely committed to an elite aestheticism and it contained a variety of essays on the social role of art and artists. This issue contains a long and laudatory essay by Sayle, a fellow Uranian poet, on Nicholson's collection of pederastic sonnets, Love in Earnest. See d'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest @ 76. A very good copy of an uncommon publication, covers are lightly marked and browned with edgewear and some light loss to spine.
Der Blitz. Eine radikale Zeitung. Wien (1908-1909). One of a number of weekly radical newspapers that flourished in early 20th century Vienna (1908-1924), Der Blitz addressed many social and political issues of the day and paid particular attention to sexual scandals in Austria and Hungary. There were numerous articles on prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism and related subjects in the weekly tabloid that undoubtedly catered to the bohemianism of the times. Vienna was a hotbed of social activism and there were many newspapers catering to every interest. Included are the following 18 issues (generally 16pp. each): Jahrgang 1: #5, 7, 12, 14, 15, Jahrgang 2: 16, 19 (2 copies), 20, 22, 25, 30, 32, 35, 37, 42, 55, 56. Fair condition, paper browned, edgeworn, some pages are loose, some are torn or chipped.