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.
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Bruxelles: Chez l'Ancien Pierre Marteau (1891). 110pp. A French edition of this controversial text, considered "almost a treatise in disguise on sodomy." (Ashbee at 24.) Editions were routinely confiscated and destroyed throughout, commencing with its original appearance (in Italian) in 152. An earlier publisher, Jules Gay, was condemned for the book in 1868 and all the available copies were destroyed, including the copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale. This issue uses the same imprint as that edition. Very good in original plain paper wrappers, light spotting to title page. Uncommon.
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 Unpublished letters "pederastique" to Claudel reproduced in facsimile.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clandestine publication with a faux publisher :"To honor the memory of St. Paul Claudel and blast pederasts, this unpublished work was completed on 1 April 1985 on the presses of the Catholic Institute of Paris.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.
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/London (1947). Soft cover. 4to. One of the most important collections of post-War photographs from some of the masters- Ansel Adams, Brassai, Penn, Henle, Willy Ronis, Barbara Morgan, several by George Platt Lynes and numerous others. The photographs were printed by gravure and are quite well done. Good in spiral binding, a little edgeworn as is common with this book, with wear to spiral binding, as well.
Bonn: A. Marcus & E. Weber (1919). The author, a medical doctor, studies the role of loving relationships in teaching and articulates the view that 'pedagogy is the right field for the pederast' and offers advice on how to obviate the dangers of becoming involved with students. See Florence Tamagne 'A History of Homosexuality in Europe: Berlin, London, Paris, 1919-1936 (2006), p. 234-5]. Very good in lightly worn wrappers, slight spine roll.
Paris: Librarie de la Plume (1901). 330pp. Liane de Pougy was a famed courtesan of Belle Èpoque France and Folies Bergères dancer, one of the most famous women of her generation. This novel chronicles her lesbian affair with Natalie Barney, whom she encountered in a dance hall in 1899. They maintained a close personal relationship for the rest of their lives and had a long and voluminous correspondence. Very good in original lightly worn and sunned wrappers, edgewear and small tears, small stamp to cover, endpapers lightly foxed, bound in 1/2 marbled boards. Quite uncommon.
Florence: Privately Printed by the Press of "The Italian Mail" (1927). 426pp. The author's magnum opus on musicology with forty-two essays on a variety of music-related subjects, including works on Wagner, Gounod, Rubinstein, Strauss, Verdi, Massenet, and assorted other subjects. Many of the essays bear dedications to an interesting assortment of his friends and acquaintances, including George Woodberry, Vernon Lee and James Truslow Adams. One of only 135 numbered copies, signed by the author, this example being #96. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to wrappers, spine lightly worn.
Paris: Édition Francaise. Redni's translation of the homoerotic portions of Petronius' Satyricon and Lucien's Les Amours. Redni is also known as the author of Luxures antiques. Voluptés tragiques. One of 100 numbered copies printed on Hollande, initialed by the author (#VI). Very good in illustrated wrappers, a bit of foxing to untrimmed edges. Uncommon.
[Pôrto: Editora Livraria Progredior] 1937 [i.e. 1938]. 188pp. The author was among the most widely respected Portuguese writers of his generation and regarded Botto with particularly high esteem as the greatest of modernist writers. He writes movingly of Botto's struggle over the controversy with his Cancoes and his personal life. Good in original wrappers, spine sunned with slight loss. Uncommon.