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.
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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 Also included are newspaper clippings by Patmore about J.L. Cambell and Norman Douglas (annotated in his hand: "Unpublished in my book, Private History- when I was staying with Richard Aldington in Florence and saw Norman Douglas almost every day- I was 23..."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.
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.
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.
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.
Utrecht: From the Ballroom (1993). A fairy tale and a song printed under the direction of the master printer, Ger Gleis. The edition is published letterpress and the musical score by the composer, Joost Kleppe is included at the end. A beautifully printed edition, bound in 1/2 vellum and decorative Farbiano paper (with designs by Purdy) and slipcased. One of an small number of special copies, signed by Purdy and Joost Kleppe. The entire edition numbered 111 copies. Near fine in paper slipcase.
Paris: Mercure de France (1895). One of Rachilde's more uncommon books, with a préface by Marcel Schwob. According to Birkett. Sins of the Fathers (at 171): “Rachilde’s best work consist of the short stories that appeared in the 1890s…in the collection Le démon de l’Absurde”. Contains “Les Vendanges de Sodome” wherein “the men of Sodom first committed the sin against nature in the arms of their young brother Sineus, whose sweet shoulder had the scent of honey.” Originally published the preceeding year. Rare novel on the hyper-sexualized relationship between the protagonist Sylvain and his cousin Jeanne, who has paralyzed legs because of a fall. "In Le démon de l'absurde, the twin ideas of fetish and sealedness are carefully brought together: Sylvain realizes that he can caress Jeanne's inert body as though she were a statue, without her feeling it, and when he accidentally touches her he feels an orgasmic "terror mixed with extreme pleasure" (...) (M.R. Finn, Hysteria, Hypnotism, the Spirits and Pornography: Fin-de-siècle Cultural Discourses in the Decadent Rachilde, p.87). From the library of A. Diepenbrock, with his owner's entries on frontwr./ first free endpaper. Very good in buckram boards, original wrappers present.
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.
Paris: Printed for Private Distribution (Contact Editions, 1929). The author of these gay stories was a seventeenth century Japanese writer whose stories about samurai man-youth relations have been widely reprinted. The stories collected here were translated by Ken Sato and are the first English transcriptions, published by Robert McAlmon's Contact Editions. Originally intended to be a two volume book, McAlmon reported to Sylvia Beach that many of the stories "got lost in the mails," but there were still enough (111 printed pages), he reckoned, to provide amusement "without the matter getting wearisome." He had read the Sato manuscript on his trip to America and had found a pleasing naiveté in the stories as well as "situations so completely horrifying to Anglo-Saxondom" that he vowed "they'd better be done."' (Hugh Ford, Published In Paris, Garnstone Press, 1975). Very good in original lightly worn wrappers, small closed tear at head of spine. With the small bookplate of renowned gay collector Herbert Boyce Satcher on front free endpaper. One of 500 copies printed, although rarer in commerce than this would imply.
Paris: Librairie Generale Catholique (1922). 287pp. A fictionalized version of the events leading up the the eruption of Mt. Pele in 1902, which resulted in the death of 30,000 people around St. Pierre, the capitol. St. Pierre has been described as the Sodom of the Caribbean, a town rife with prostitution, decadence, blasphemy, homosexuality and unbelief and many believed this was the reason for the eruption. The author portrays assorted sacrileges and "decadent behavior" that occurred immediately before the eruption. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers and spine, pages uncut. Quite rare.
Rugby: George Over (1889). Sayle's second book of verse, highly praised by John Addington Symonds and reviewed by Charles Kains Jackson in the Artist and Journal of Home Culture. Sayle went on to become a noted bibliographer in Cambridge, where he lived most of his life. Original white buckram a little yellowed, covers a bit marked, light browning to endpapers, erratum present at rear. Inscribed by the author to Godfrey Llloyd ('Godfrey Lloyd / from / C.S. / Cambridge/ June 20. 1897.') on front endpaper. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Limited to 220 copies. Uncommon. Young 3439. d'Arch Smith 250.