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Archives d'anthropologie criminelle de Criminologie et de Psychologie normale et Pathologique: Lyon, Paris: A. Storck et Cie - Masson et Cie, 15 Mars 1905, Tome XX. This journal was the primary source of medical discussion about homosexuality at the beginning of the nineteenth century in France. This edition contains this essay by Dr. P. Naecke on homosexual life in Paris. Very good in wrappers. Uncommon.
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.
Orioli was a Florentine bookseller best known for privately publishing the unexpurgated first edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover and for his long association with Norman Douglas. This photographic postcard (3 1/4" x 5 1/2") is inscribed "Best wishes from me and my cat/Pino"). On verso, the card is addressed to Robert Ullman and has a message dated "Xmas/1936". Very good, very light crease.
Bruxelles: Chez l'Ancien Pierre Marteau (1891). 110pp. A French edition of this controversial text, considered "almost a treatise in disguise on sodomy." (Ashbee at 24.) Editions were routinely confiscated and destroyed throughout, commencing with its original appearance (in Italian) in 152. An earlier publisher, Jules Gay, was condemned for the book in 1868 and all the available copies were destroyed, including the copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale. This issue uses the same imprint as that edition. Very good in original plain paper wrappers, light spotting to title page. Uncommon.
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.
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.
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).
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: Éditions de Pan (1912). A quite uncommon collection of short essays with homoerotic allusions, one of which is dedicated to Jacques Fersen (with whom he shared the same publisher) and others to Georges Polti and Robert Scheffer. Many of the writers who were published by Éditions de Pan had also contributed to Fersen's short-lived periodical Akademos. A lovely copy in illustrated wrappers, inscribed by the author on the endpaper, occasional light foxing. 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.