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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.
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: 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 This edition is limited to 100 copies and includes a number of previously unpublished photographs of Beach and Monnier.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.
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.
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.
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.
London: David Nutt (1893). 8vo. 130pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Charles Sayle (1864-1924) was at the center of the Uranian group of poets and exchanged correspondence with quite a few of the 1890s group, including Oscar Browning, Edward Carpenter, John Gambril Nicholson and Ernest Dowson. This is his third collection of poetry and perhaps the most overtly Uranian in tone (with poems dedicated to Richard Barnfield and Ernest Dowson). Sayle graduated from Oxford with honors and became a bibliographer at the University Library in Cambridge, where he completed several treatises on the collections there. Timothy d’Arch Smith (Love in Earnest @ 80-81) relates an amusing story of a visit by Henry James to Cambridge in 1909 where he was entertained, rather unsuccessfully, by Sayle. One of 20 special copies on Japanese vellum, bound in full morocco, gilt edges, five raised bands on spine, marbled endpapers. Inscribed on front endpaper to Maud Luxmoore by the author in 1899. The book is in very good condition, some sunning to leather, several small light stains, light foxing to front and rear endpapers.
Der Blitz. Eine radikale Zeitung. Wien (1908-1909). One of a number of weekly radical newspapers that flourished in early 20th century Vienna (1908-1924), Der Blitz addressed many social and political issues of the day and paid particular attention to sexual scandals in Austria and Hungary. There were numerous articles on prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism and related subjects in the weekly tabloid that undoubtedly catered to the bohemianism of the times. Vienna was a hotbed of social activism and there were many newspapers catering to every interest. Included are the following 18 issues (generally 16pp. each): Jahrgang 1: #5, 7, 12, 14, 15, Jahrgang 2: 16, 19 (2 copies), 20, 22, 25, 30, 32, 35, 37, 42, 55, 56. Fair condition, paper browned, edgeworn, some pages are loose, some are torn or chipped.
Berlin: Verlag Fritz Gurlitt (1921). 4to. 26pp. A tribute to the poet August von Platen, Schoff has created twenty-five images to accompany the text, all of which is printed in holograph form. The illustrations are distinctly homoerotic and involve boys cavorting in the countryside or engaged in tender embraces. Schoff was known for his sensually erotic images, many involving homosexual relations. One of 100 copies printed (hand-numbered #14), an additional twenty were issued with hand-colored plates. Very good in lavender colored wrappers with cover design, lightly worn at edges and enclosed in dismembered cardboard box. Several of the plates are signed by the artist. Quite rare- we find no copies in American institutions.