Venice: Ongania & London: Swann Sonnenschein (1886). The quite uncommon first collection of verse by the English expatriate who lived in Italy for many years. This publication, his first original work, was highly praised by John Addington Symonds: 'In one way or another Venice forms its theme throughout. It is dedicated to Venice. The author's deep love for the Bride of the Sea, and his long familiarity with all phases of her beauty, are evinced, not in rhapsodies or passages of declamation, but in the the lingering perfume of his studied rhythms, in the unerring rightness of his descriptive touches.' Very good in parchment wrappers, engraved frontispiece of the Venice lagoons, bound in fabric boards, marbled endpapers, Light cover wear and browning at edges. Uncommon.
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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.
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: 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.
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: Grant Richards (1903). 117pp. The first collection of Uranian poetry by the American aesthete and art connoisseur who established a like-minded brotherhood at his home in Sussex. The book bears a printed dedication to "J.M." (John Marshall) his longtime "soulmate." Warren wrote several other volumes of Uranian poetry, all under the pseudonym used here. Very good in red cloth boards, light wear at edges, slight sunning to spine with a small stain. Quite rare.
London and New York: David Nutt (1909). The second collection of Uranian verse by the American connosieur, which includes eighty-six poems exalting same-sex love, particularly of the pedarastic variety. Warren wrote several books on similar themes, all of which display his zeal for Greek ideals of Platonic love and comradeship. All of his books were published under variations of this pseudonym and the title apparently alludes to Warren's symbol for Greek "comrade-love." A very good copy in the original publisher’s suede leather binding with gold embossed cover decoration, covers and spine unevenly darkened, rear cover lightly abraded, light discoloration at front and rear hinges. Quite uncommon. Laid into the book is a 6pp. ALS from the author dated 1921 in which he discusses various personal and family matters.
Madrid: Jason (1931) 286pp. An uncommon erotic novel, with an introduction by Julio Cejador. See Heuer, Alvaro Retana Recuperado. Retana often raises the issues of "pecados" (sins) in his novels and this is representative of his work in this period. Very good in original wrappers, light creases to wrappers.
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.
Bruxelles: Imprimerie particulière (1925). The original edition of these three erotic poems appeared under a false date and publisher in 1923 in an edition of 150 copies. This edition is limited to 30 copies (#18) and contains the controversial Sonnet du Trou du Cul. Not listed in Pia, nor do we find any institutional copies. Very good in paper wrappers, lightly browned, a few small stains to prelims.
Asphodel Editions: North Pomfret. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 153pp. The first compilation of the photographic works of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo). One of 200 numbered copies printed in color on Mohawk Superfine and bound in Japanese cloth. Fine as issued. The book went out of print quickly after publication and is uncommon.
Paris, La Centaine (1926). These 222 letters from Remy de Gourmont addressed to Natalie Clifford Barney during the years 1910 to 1915, serve, as the recipient wrote, both of "preface, comment and conclusion to Letters to the Amazon", published in 1914. Illustrated with 52 original lithographs by Rouveyre. One of 100 special copies on Japon, this example #3. Warmly inscribed by the illustrator, and signed by Edouard Champion and Natalie Barney on title page. Bound in 1/2 morocco, front panel very weak, light wear to boards, some light foxing on tissue guards.
NP (1924). Hardcover. Second edition, expanded and with a new Foreword by the author. One of 2000 numbered copies printed of this collection of gay stories by the important gay activist, who was prosecuted for many of these stories when they originally appeared some years earlier. A very nice copy in original unprinted jacket and numbered slipcase, light sunning to spine.
Organisation Commune des Régions Sahariennes (ND). 27pp. 4to. One of the first attempts to publish in Berber alphabet on characters engraved by the National Printing Office. Blue cardboard cover closed by a red cord, 30 drawings including 6 full-page and color, excluding text. Light wear to covers. This appears to be a reproduction of the first (1958) edition, the numbering and the text "Imprimerie Nationale de France" are missing on the back.