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.
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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.
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: 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.
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 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: 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.
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.
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.
NP (1924). 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 terra cotta colored linen boards.
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.