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.
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Paris: Flammarion (1969). Peyrefitte's relections on youth and their achievements- from Greece to contemporary times. One of 1,000 numbered copies. Near fine in wrappers. A bit uncommon.
Paris: Flammarion (1953). A fine copy of this novel, one of 250 numbered copies printed on alfa, laid into a marbled paper and vellum slipcase and box.
Marseille: Jean Vigneau (1944). Hardcover. 4to. The first edition of Peyrefitte's classic novel of schoolboy love. Rebound in marbled boards and vellum spine, wear and browning at edges, the copy #1702.
Marseille: Jean Vigneau (1943). 4to. The first edition of Peyrefitte's classic novel of schoolboy love. A very good copy in original wrappers, small closed tear at head of spine, front endpaper missing. One of 1600 (#410) numbered copies laid into a marbled paper and vellum slipcase and box.
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.
Paris: Figuière . One of several novels with a gay theme written by the French writer and contributor to the French literary journal PAN, most famous for his Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. Very good in original wrappers, inscribed by the author on front endpaper. Quite uncommon.
An amusing postcard entitled "Any Port in a Storm" with two intoxicated sailors evidently headed to a romantic liaison at the "Lifebuoy Hotel." Very good, penciled notation on verso, stamped.
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.
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. The book is also inscribed by the author on the half-title (Florence/1934). Very good in original wrappers, light wear to wrappers, spine lightly worn,
Paris . 256pp. Quite uncommon. Very good in original decorative wrappers.
Paris: Charpentier (1909). 348pp. Very good in contemporary marbled boards, original wrappers not present. Rare.
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.
London (1978). Soft cover. The most interesting essay and collection of photographs on the famous eccentric art patron. Very good in wrappers. office.
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.
[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.
London: Faber and Faber, 1939. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Light sunning to jacket spine.
Madrid: Biblioteca Hispania [1919?]. 123pp. A quite uncommon "novela galante" with a cover illustration by the author. Very good in original wrappers. light wear to covers, small stains on several pages and rear wrapper.
Sub Signo Libelli (1987). 11pp. These homoerotic sonnets are printed in both French and Dutch on facing pages and illustrated by Paul Claes. A masterfully printed production issued in an edition of 47 numbered copies. Fine as issued in red wrappers.
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.
Clarendon Press: Oxford (1924). 32pp. The Taylorian Lecture of 1924. Very good in wrappers.
Boston, The Uranian Society. 1925. 8vo. Translated by Geirge Warner. Limited to 500 copies only. Very good in boards, light wear to edges. Uncommon.
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.
Tokyo: Kitamura (ND). 4to. Uncommon book of photographs, including a series called "Jock Model Building Bed" with an essay by Bruce Hainley. Very good in orange boards.
Detroit: Artists' Workshop Press (1966). 4to. 27pp. A collection of poems by Sanders, Ken Weaver, Tuli Kupferberg and others, printed on multi-colored papers. Includes such Sixties classics as "Group Grope," "The Harness Queen" and assorted other drug-inspired lyrics. The name of the group was apparently inspired by Norman Mailer and the lyrics combine politics with literary and drug allusions.Very good, covers a bit darkened, light wear, unstapled (original staple snot present). Signed by Sanders on title page.