Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle (1896) 418pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 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.
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Buenos Aires (1918-1920). Nine (of 10) issues of the important Argentinian journal of art and literature, which highlighted many prominent Spanish American writers, as well as provocative Symbolist and Decadent artwork by Alfredo Guido, Rodolfo Franco, Lopez Naguil and others. The contributors included Gabriela Mistral, Jose Rodo, Roberto Giusti ("La Amante de Petronio"), Bernard Shaw, Gabriele d'Annunzio and many others; issue #9 was devoted to young poets. See Lafleur, H.R., as revistas literarias argentinas, 1893-1967 (pp 85-88). Generally very good in original decorative wrappers, occasional spotting to covers, lightly browned with some wear to spines. Uncommon.
Paris: Salt & Cedar (2021). A boxed artist's multiple, les années 20, that features the addresses of a dozen luminaries inhabiting the Left Bank in the 1920's, printed as slim calling cards with one-line addresses. A hand-typeset ‹key› reveals the studios and salons of Sylvia Beach, Man Ray, James Joyce, Zelda & F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas and others in their networks, along with the names of the rare fonts used. All wrapped in a vintage Japanese gossamer. Printed on a FAG Swiss proofing press. Contents laid into a bespoke box produced in Stockholm. One of 140 copies issued by this creative press.
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.
Lisbon: Monteiro & Co. (1918). One of two books self-published by Pessoa in 1918, the other being Antinous. Both of these publications contain a number of passages that have been interpreted as having a gay sub-text. An important and complex collection of modernist poetry, influenced by Elizabethan imagery. Very good in original sewn wrappers, light browning to covers and a few light traces of foxing, pages uncut.
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.
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).
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.
London: Bogue [Printed at the] Chiswick Press (1881). 63pp. 8vo. The British peer's first collection of verse, preceding Rose Leaf and Apple Leaf for which Oscar Wilde provided an introduction. Rodd and Wilde eventually parted ways after Wilde courted scandal and Rodd went on to a prominent career in the Foreign Service. The poem "If any one Return" has a particularly homoerotic caste. By the high cliff's edge where the wild weeds twine, And he would not speak or move, But his eyes would gaze from his soul to mine, My eyes that would answer without one sign, And that were enough for love. Rebound in quarter roan and marbled boards, raised bands, marbled endpapers, original parchment front wrapper (worn and stained) is bound in at the rear. Rare.
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.