Asphodel Editions: North Pomfret (2008). sm. 4to. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 153pp. The first compilation of the photographic works of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo). One of 200 numbered copies printed in color on Mohawk Superfine and bound in Japanese cloth. Fifty-two black and white images are present, many double-page foldouts. Donals Rosenthal has contributed an insightful introduction abut the history of Rolfe's experimentation with photography. Fine as issued.
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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.
Wie : Carl Schusdek (1924). One of a number of Viennese “adult” newspapers that catered to progressive views on sexuality and social issues, imitating Hugo Bettauer’s successful Er und Sie. Wochenschrift für Lebenskultur und Erotik. ich und du published essays and fiction on Berlin prostitutes, illegitimate children, women in prison, sexual outsiders, “what is perverse?” as well as personal ads. Generally good condition, papers browned with edgewear, many illustrations and some colored illustrations. The following issues (each generally 16 pages) are included, housed in a contemporary worn linen folder: (all 1924). No 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39.
Berlin: Fritz Gurlitt Verlag (1923) lg 4to. The classical erotic elegies of Tibullus are illustrated with five homoerotic and romantic etchings of young men engaged in various pastoral activities. Although not explicit, the images are quite sensitive and beautifully conceived. One of a total edition of 220 copies, this is example LVII. Each plate by Schoff is signed in pencil. Very good in original red boards with leather spine which is slightly worn, boards lightly worn and very light spotting throughout. Uncommon.
Privately Printed . The ninth of the eccentric author's book productions and the first under this pseudonym. The work, a Surrealist text set around a Venutian circus, is illustrated with more than one hundred accomplished drawings by Edward Carrick. Very good in 3/4 leather boards and marbled boards, browned at edges.
An original design for ceiling of the private theater at Charles de Beistegui's Château Groussay by the renowned architect and designer Alexander Serebriakov. Inspired by the Margravine Theatre in Bayreuth, the theater was designed by Emilio Terry and Serebriakov and had its opening in 1957. The preliminary design ( 22" x 29") is completed in pencil, watercolor and gouache and is monogrammed "AS" and dated October 15, 1954. From the collection of Albert Mazurier (1879-1965), painter of wall decorations who worked for Charles de Beistegui. Very good, some small closed tear at edges, light creases and a few light stains. Included is a collection of ALS relating to Chateau Groussay: - Card of invitation addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Mazurier by Carlos de Beistegui for a representation of the "Impromptu de Groussay" dated March 18th, 1957; -1 ALS letter of condolence by Alexander Serebriakoff dated September 15, 1965 (... I still remember, from my meetings (at Mr de Beistègui), your father and I was a great admirer of his talent! Not to mention the sympathy in the rare conversations we have, had on the art ... .dévoués Souvenirs " - 1 ALS signed by Charles de Beistégui dated September 6, 1965 expressing condolences on Mazurier's death. - Invoice concerning the decoration of the ceiling of Groussay addressed to Monsieur de Beistegui by Albert Mazurier - 1 ALS to Mr. Mazurier by Charles de Beistegui complaining of the high price of his achievements and referencing Emilio Terry as "mon frere." - 1 ALS by Charles de Beistégui confirming the order of two copies of paintings. -1 card of sympathy by Emilio Terry to Mazurier's daughter in original envelope on engraved stationary. -A copy of the January issue of Connaissances des Art, featuring the Groussay theater on the cover.
Clermont-Ferrand: Les Éditions du bon vieux temps (1954). 68pp. An uncommon erotic text with six explicit illustrations, which originally appeared in 1926. This edition was limited to 150 numbered copies and is quite uncommon. Very good in wrappers, light wear and fading to covers. Dutel, 1624, Pia 298-299, Perceau 337 (1926 edition).
Fifty-eight book catalogues issued by the legendary bookseller. A wealth of modern literature, including many very rare books, including works by Gill, Raffalovich, Wilde, Ravilious, Corvo, Eric Gill and many others. Generally very good, staples a bit rusty, one cover detached but very good with illustrated covers. Sold as a group: #11, 25, 29, 36, 38, 39, 45, 47, 53, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107.
New York (1924). 83pp. The first, and extremely uncommon, anthology of homosexual literature to be published in America. The author, a professional chemist and graduate of Columbia University, compiled the anthology anonymously and remains somewhat of a mystery today. His identity has been revealed by the research of several scholars (notably Timothy d'Arch Smith and Donald Mader) and the story of the anthology has been discussed in the only reprint of the edition (Coltsfoot Press, 1978). The anthology commences with works from ancient Hebrew literature and progresses throught the poetry of the 1920s. Included are a selection of known Uranian poets, such as Digby Mackworth Dolben, Edward Cracroft Lefroy, Edward Emmanuel Bradford, John Gambril Nicholson, John Moray Stuart-Young, Edmund John, "Philebus" (John Leslie Barford) and John Addington Symonds. But there are also some surprising contributions from more traditional poets, such as Ernest Myers, William Alexander Percy, James Fennimore Cooper, Jr., Victor Starbuck, Katherine Mansfield, Willard Wattles as well as the anthologist himself. Described by Timothy d'Arch Smith as a "startingly thorough and well-informed anthology" it remains a classic in the field of gay literature and a cornerstone of collecting in the field. According to a prospectus issued by the anthologist, the book was issued in an edition of 150 copies, but relatively few are known to exist. Copy of Samuel Cottam, another Uranian poet with his penned and penciled notations throughout. Front endpaper has remains of a removed photograph or bookplate. Very good in original Italian paper boards, light bumping to corners, spine label missing, ttile page excised. See Rosenthal, An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan for a thorough examination of Slocum's work.
Frankfurt (1590-1594). 9 1/4" x 13 5/8" 1594. This engraving is from Theodor De Bry's important historical work, Grands Voyages. This from the German edition with this particular engraving being published in Frankfurt between 1590 and 1594 for de Bry by J. Feyrabend. Grands Voyages is considered one of the most remarkable collections of voyages published in the Age of Discovery. Believed to be the first representation of homosexuality ever printed, the engraving depicts a gory scene of eight Spanish conquistadores watching their dogs kill a group of Indians. Balboa set his dogs on forty to fifty people of Quarequa described as being “dressed as women” (Martyr 1912 :285), or having committed the nefarious sin (pecado nefando). See https://www.colorado.edu/genders/2016/05/19/los-huecos-negros-cannibalism-sodomy-and-failure-modernity-tierra-firme. The text includes the following statement: "Greatly astonished he [Balboa] ...understood that the kinglet and all of his courtiers were smitten by that abominable crime against nature so stunned him ...that he went up to forty of the savages, bade them all be seized and bringing in the dogs he ordered the savages be torn to pieces." Very good, light wear and yellowing. Rare.
Lausanne: Editions Athanor (1950). 105pp. A memoir of Spiess' life and writings, with a preface by Miyajima. Photographic frontispiece. inscribed by Spiess on endpaper and laid in is a handwritten note in Spiess' hand relating to several of his books. Very good in wrappers with several light stains.