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[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: 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, 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 (1926). sm. 8vo. 367pp. Privately printed first edition of this classic gay novel, usually translated into English as "The Hustler." Der Puppenjunge is the first frank serious literary depiction of the life of a male prostitute, and of the world of the men who support them. The Scots-German anarchist, Mackay, wrote a number of theoretical works that generally appeared under his own name; he adopted the pseudonym "Sagitta" for the small number of defiantly gay novels and "sociological" discourses on the gay life for which he is best known. Der Puppenjunge was described by a contemporary reviewer as belonging "to the few books in the literature on 'our subject' that may raise a claim to art." Christopher Isherwood praised the novel, as well and wrote that "I have always loved this book dearly-despite and even because of its occasional sentimental absurdities." Thomas Riley, in his landmark study of Mackay, calls the novel "one of the strangest stories in modern literature." The novel was entirely financed by Mackay and printed in Holland. Very few of the books were sold in his lifetime and most were destroyed after his death. Very good in original blue cloth binding, lightly worn slipcase. (#433 of 500 copies). See, Schock, Das Buch der schwulen bücher; Tamagne, A History of Homosexuality in Europe @284; Hergemöller, B., Mann für Mann @ 481-82; Riley, T. Germany's Poet-Anarchist.
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.
Organisation Commune des Régions Sahariennes (ND). 27pp. 4to. One of the first attempts to publish in Berber alphabet on characters engraved by the National Printing Office. Blue cardboard cover closed by a red cord, 30 drawings including 6 full-page and color, excluding text. Light wear to covers. This appears to be a reproduction of the first (1958) edition, the numbering and the text "Imprimerie Nationale de France" are missing on the back.
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.