Paris: Flammarion (1953). A fine copy of this novel, one of 250 numbered copies printed on alfa, laid into a marbled paper and vellum slipcase and box.
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Paris: Flammarion (1961). A fine copy of this novel, one of 250 numbered copies printed on vélin chiffon, laid into a marbled paper and vellum slipcase and box.
London: Privately printed (1923). Uranian poetry by the author of several similar volumes extoling the virtues of such relationships. Printed by Francis Edwin Murray who issued a number of Uranian texts. One of 28 large paper copies, good in grey boards, covers browned and worn, spine starting to crack. Original prospectus for the book laid in (one sheet folded). Bookplate (by Ralph Chubb) of Anthony Reid on front pastedown.Young 3041*.
London : Smith, Elder, 1915. 128pp. 2 pl. 2 portraits. A collection of poetry by Phillips, published posthumously, along with his notes from the front and several letters of condolence. Very good, cream boards a bit marked, corners bumped, light spotting. Inscribed on front paste down: “Marmie from Mother/March 3rd 1916.
Elysium Press (1998). Soft cover. A short story in which the author's evocative prose addresses those mysteries of life which lie just out of sight. One of 100 numbered copies hand sewn in stiff wrappers of Fabriano paper.
Elysium Press (1998). Hardcover. A short story in which the author's evocative prose addresses those mysteries of life which lie just out of sight. One of a limited signed edition bound in 1/4 leather with marbled paper boards.
Hogarth Press (1932). Hardcover. Novel set in London, printed by Virginia and Leonard Woolf at the Hogarth Press. A very good copy, just a bit of foxing on endpapers, very good jacket (designed by John Banting) with some edgewear and two smallish chips. office.
London: Enitharmon (1971). One of 175 numbered copies signed by the author. Very good in wrappers.
An amusing postcard entitled "Any Port in a Storm" with two intoxicated sailors evidently headed to a romantic liaison at the "Lifebuoy Hotel." Very good, penciled notation on verso, stamped.
Madrid: Sucesores de Rivadeneyra (1925).122pp. Precioso was one of the intellectuals who were part of the "Decadentismo" movement in Spanish culture, along with Antonio de Hoyos y Vinent and Álvaro Retana. He was one of the guiding lights behind the fiction collection known as La Novela de Hoy (The Novel of Today). This popular novel was part of the "novela de la noche" series and contains lesbian characters. Very good in decorative wrappers, lightly worn.
London: Martin Secker (1939). 218pp. Pryce-Jones was a highly regarded writer and literary critic and editor of the Times Literary Supplement in the 1950s. A member of both the social and the intellectual elite in Britain, he moved to the United States in his later life but maintained his connections to a wide circle of prominent friends. The author's first novel, published pseudonymously, which portrays the unhappy life of a vain young Englishman and his struggles with his homosexuality in pre-Nazi Germany. Brian Howard, one of the gayest "Bright Young Things" wrote a brilliant review of the book for the New Statesman: "Pink Danube lies in what, to me, is the most comforting of modern fiction countries. To the north, lies the new, industrial town of Isherwoodstadt, and to the south, the vast, old, lazy pleasure-cities of Comptonia and Normanville, from which, one fine days, one may descry Firbank Island. It is somewhere on the central plateau, near the site of the old, deserted capital, Yellowbook, that we find Pumphrey Cottage." See Lancaster, Brian Howard: Portrait of a Failure @ 399-400. Very good in buckram binding, ex-library with several stamps on endpapers. The book is extremely rare and rarely appears in commerce.
Torino: Fratelli Bocca Editori (1896). 112pp. The author's defense of homosexuality, which was extensively expanded in his Uranisme et Unisexualité: étude sur différentes manifestations de l'instinct sexuel, which appeared the following year. This is the first appearance in Italian of the work and contains the essay "Il Processo Oscar Wilde," the first essay on Wilde to appear after hsi prosecution the year before. Very good in later buckram boards, bookplate on front paste-down, booksellers sticker on first prelim., signature on title page and notes on final page. The final page has the stamp of Manoel Lacerda, one of the most influential figures of the radical left of the Republican movement in Portugal. His signature also appears at the end of the text. Light browning to pages, but very good.
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.
Elysium Press(2004). An essay on the life and poetry of the highly regarded gay poet. One of 26 special lettered copies printed letterpress, bound in handmade pink paper over boards. Signed by the author. Fine as issued.
London, New York, F.A. Stokes Company . 197pp. An odd story of a man's attempt to maintain a "Platonic" relationship with a female friend, which ultimately ends in failure and much emotional drama. Very good in illustrated red linen boards. Quite 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.
London: Faber and Faber, 1939. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Light sunning to jacket spine.
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.
London: D. Bogue: [Chiswick Press] (1881). 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. Good in parchment wrappers with ownership inscription of Henry Dunkin (alumnus with Rodd of Haileybury School) dated 1881. Wrappers chipped with loss at edges, penciled notes of Brian Reade on endpaper.
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.
London: Bertram Rota (1972). A series of letters written by Corvo between 1903-1911, with several facsimiles. Edited by Corvo's biographer, Donald Weeks, with copious notes at rear. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. One of 500 numbered copies.
Paris, Godde, Bedin,(ca. 1925). Hardcover. A lavishly produced collection of 54 pouchoir plates illustrating women's fashion throughout the ages. Front label with author's signature identifying this as #313. The author was known as the artistic director of the famed review Art - Goût - Beauté . Very good in the original porfolio, with all ties present, light wear to edges and spine a bit worn.
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.
Tokyo: Kitamura (ND). 4to. Uncommon book of photographs, including a series called "Jock Model Building Bed" with an essay by Bruce Hainley. Very good in orange boards.
Detroit: Artists' Workshop Press (1966). 4to. 27pp. A collection of poems by Sanders, Ken Weaver, Tuli Kupferberg and others, printed on multi-colored papers. Includes such Sixties classics as "Group Grope," "The Harness Queen" and assorted other drug-inspired lyrics. The name of the group was apparently inspired by Norman Mailer and the lyrics combine politics with literary and drug allusions.Very good, covers a bit darkened, light wear, unstapled (original staple snot present). Signed by Sanders on title page.