Paris: Gallimard . 219pp. Several short fictional works with a printed dedication to Serge Lifar, from a series edited by Paul Morand. Very good in original wrappers, the edition consisted of only 43 copies- this example one of 15 numbered copies on Navarre (#22). Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper- the name of the dedicatee has been neatly erased.
Paris (1945). A pseudonymously written novel by Marie Laure de Noailles, who was at the center of artistic and literary life in Paris between the wars. Noailles and her husband Charles financed several of Cocteau's productions and were intimates of Christian Berard, Jean Michel Frank and many others in this milieu. One of 1,000 copies, printed privately.. Very good in original wrappers.
Mexico : Talleres Graficos de la Nacion, 1925. 29pp. An unusual Mexican character, often outrageously demonstrative in his homoseuxality, he was fond of outrageous wigs....The author's first publication, One of 200 copies. Salvador Novo López (1904 –1974) was a Mexican writer, poet, playwright, translator, television presenter, entrepreneur, and the official chronicler of Mexico City. As a noted intellectual, he influenced popular perceptions of politics, media, the arts, and Mexican society in general. He was a member of Los Contemporáneos, a group of Mexican writers, as well as of the Mexican Academy of the Language. Novo defied the machismo and conservative Catholicism prevalent in 20th century Mexican culture by making almost no efforts to conceal his sexuality. He was, however, accepted by the Mexican government. He held official posts related to culture, was elected to the Mexican Language Academy, and had a television program on Mexico City's history. Towards the end of his life, he dyed his hair a bright carrot color and wore many ostentatious rings and colored suits. He has been compared to Oscar Wilde, but unlike Wilde, Novo never suffered the setback of scandal or persecution and remained an accepted and respected member of society and governmental circles until his death. In fact, some sectors resented the fact that a gay writer would align himself so closely with the government and media after the repression of social movements in the 1960s and 1970s. Salvador Novo was a provocative and prolific cultural presence in Mexico City through much of the twentieth century. With his friend and fellow poet Xavier Villaurrutia, he cofounded Ulises and Contemporáneos, landmark avant-garde journals of the late 1920s and 1930s. At once “outsider” and “insider,” Novo held high posts at the Ministries of Culture and Public Education and wrote volumes about Mexican history, politics, literature, and culture. The author of numerous collections of poems, including XX poemas, Nuevo amor, Espejo, Dueño mío, and Poesía 1915–1955, Novo is also considered one of the finest, most original prose stylists of his generation.
London: Leonard Smithers and Co., 1899. lg 8vo. Termed a "book of monologues" by the author, the short works have titles such as: "Faint," "Sob." "Was," etc. "In general, to help a man is like reviving an assassin who has designs on your life. For beyond the truth that most men are naturally your enemies, the one who solicits your help shews by the very act that you have something which he has not, and which he cannot like you for having." Chocolate brown cloth, lettered in gilt. First edition, second binding, with Grant Richards's imprint at the toe of the spine. Very good, light wear to edges.
The corrected galley proofs of an essay about a duel fought between the rival editors of Blackwood's and The London Magazine in 1821. One of Patmore's relatives (Coventry) was involved in the drama and he relates here previously unknown details, published in The Literary Chronicle. Patmore is known for his vivid portrayals of Bright Young Things Stephen Tennant, Cecil Beaton, Coward and others. Also included are newspaper clippings by Patmore about J.L. Cambell and Norman Douglas (annotated in his hand: "Unpublished in my book, Private History- when I was staying with Richard Aldington in Florence and saw Norman Douglas almost every day- I was 23..." Very good, the proofs are signed by the author, penciled corrections throughout.
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.
Leipzig: Verlag "Wahrheit" (Max Spohr) . 255pp. An early gay novel set in the mid-1800s, which describes the lives and loves of Richard, a young musician living in Berlin. One of three gay novels written by the author, who was an influential musician and critic living in Riga. Fair in original rather worn boards, back strip missing, but sound. Advertisements at rear for other books from Spohr's "Wahrheit" series, including works by Wilde and other works by Pernauhm, including his classic Ercole Tomei. See Marita Keilson-Lauritz, Die Geschichte der eigenen Geschichte; Eldorado 1984 @99; Hergmöller, Mann für Mann @551. Quite uncommon.
Leipzig: Verlag Max Spohr (1900). 175pp. One of the most important gay novels of its age, Ercole Tomei tells the story of a young musician who falls in love with his professor and the jealousies that ensue when the younger man marries. The author was Guido Eckardt Hermann (1873-1951) a musician and journalist, who for many years was one of the most influential figures of cultural life in Riga. A very good copy in original wrappers, some browning to covers and small closed tear at spine. Exceedingly rare, the fi rst copy we have seen.
Volume 3 and 4 /Ano 1. (1922). These two editions of the relatively short-lived but highly influential Portuguese modernist literary magazine contain the highly controversial essay by Fernando Pesso, entitled Antonio Botto e o Ideal Esthetico em Portugal, which praised Botto and his homoerotic work, Cancoes. The following issue (#4) contains Alvaro Maia's equally controversial response, entitled "Literatura de Sodoma o Sr. Fernando Pessoa e o ideal estetico em Portugal." Pessoa had published Fernando Botto's volume of homoerotic poetry entitled Cancoes the year previously, which resulted in this diatribe by Maia, in which he ridicules the work of Botto and Pessoa's circle. This in turn lead to a response by Raul Leal, also published by Pessoa, entitled Sodome Divinisada, in which he defends the works of Botto and others, whose work was ridiculed as encouraging homosexuality. Good in original wrappers, spine a bit cracked and worn. Uncommon.
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.
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.
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.
Llangollen: Hugh Jones. [ND c. 1918]. 16pp. Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby eloped to Wales in 1778 where they lived together for over fifty years in "delicious retirement." Although they never left their home, nor parted during their lives, they frequently entertained writers and dignitaries of the day and became well known for their unconventional lifestyle. This is one of the earliest memoirs of the women, written by a local resident and apparently amended after his death. The memoir makes note of their masculine attire and "cropped heads, which were rough, bushy, and white as snow." A very good copy of an uncommon item, light cover wear to illustrated wrappers.
London: David Bogue (1885). 120pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. One of the rarities of 1890s decadent literature, a collection of heavily veiled homosexual verse written by the aesthete perhaps best known for his association with John Gray. This, the author's second volume of poems, was reviewed by Oscar Wilde in the Pall Mall Gazette as a "remarkable little volume," but challenged the author's insistence in making tuberose a three-syllable word, adding: "though he cannot pronounce 'tuberose' aright, at least he can sing of it exquisitely." Annoyed at Wilde's reference to his use of the word as "a potato blossom shaped like a tiny trumpet of ivory," Raffalovich sparred with Wilde in the following days in the Gazette, but they maintained a cordial, if strained, relationship until it became acrimonious in the early 1890s. John Gray's earlier relationship with Wilde, and his subsequent patronage by Raffalovich, added fuel to a difficult relationship that seems not to have been extinguished by Wilde's death. As with his first collection of poems (Cyril and Lionel) this collection appropriates the sentimentalized Victorian 'language of flowers" to portray homosexual love in a disguised, but nonetheless, direct fashion. (See Madden, E., "Say it with Flowers: The Poetry of Marc-André Raffalovich." See also Roden, F. Marc-Andre Raffalovich:. A Russian-French-Jewish-Catholic Homosexual in Oscar Wilde's London and Mckenna, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde at 45-6.A.; Pick, Svengali's Web- The Alien Enchanter in Modern Culture @ 152-156. A very good copy in the green fabric binding, endpapers lightly browned, Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper, with his address at Albert Hall Mansions where he frequently and lavishly entertained. Young 3180*.
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.
Paris: Editions Prima (1931). 200pp. An illustrated guide to bohemian nightlife in Paris in the 1920s. One chapter "Hommes sans Femmes" describes several gay characters; others describe opium use and prostitution. Illustrated throughout by various hands, including Martin, Bugette and others. Very good in illustrated wrappers, light wear to spine. Uncommon.
Paris: La Maison des Amis des Livres (2010). This short work is prefaced by a short essay by Sylvia Beach, the renowned publisher and book seller and founder of Shakespeare & Co. Beach and her longtime friend Adrienne Monnier translated the work, which originally appeared in Mesures in 1935. This edition is limited to 100 copies and includes a number of previously unpublished photographs of Beach and Monnier. Fine in wrappers, uncut.
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.