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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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; 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.
Paris: Éditions de la Galerie Simon [Kahnweiler](1921). 28pp. The precocious writer's first work, which was published when he was only 18 years old. Les Pélican, one of Kahnweiler's most elegant publications, is a two-act satirical play accompanied by Laurens' whimsical, cubist illustrations which capture the absurdist tone of the play. The play was performed for the first time on May 24, 1921 at the Théâtre Michel in Paris to much acclaim. Radiguet, a true enfant terrible, was a protege of Jean Cocteau until his untimely death in 1923 at the age of 19. Very good in custom full blue morocco binding, marbled end papers, with original paper cover mounted at rear. Number 80 of 100 printed copies on Holland laid paper, signed by Radiguet and Laurens. Includes 7 original engravings (one of the tipped in front cover and 2 full page) by the French sculptor and illustrator Henri Laurens (1885-1954).
An original undated postcard ridiculing German "tourtes" most likely dating the first World War. Ranieri (1865-1929) was an Italian ceramist living in Paris and he often contributed to such magazines as La Baïonnette. Throughout the war years, his signature is often found on numerous caricatures distributed in the form of postcards used as support for anti-German propaganda. This particular example ridicules the German military for its effeminate ways, in the wake of the Eulenburg-Brand scandal some years before. Near fine,
[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.
Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher (1906). Wilde contributed the foreword to this eccentrically produced book of poetry, which he arranged the publication for while in America. Rodd and Wilde had been close companions for some time, but this book prompted their estrangement. Very god in original boards, original paper jacket present, with light wear. Penciled ownership signature of Brian Reade, dated 1933.