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.
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Rugby: George Over (1889). Sayle's second book of verse, highly praised by John Addington Symonds and reviewed by Charles Kains Jackson in the Artist and Journal of Home Culture. Sayle went on to become a noted bibliographer in Cambridge, where he lived most of his life. Original white buckram a little yellowed, covers a bit marked, light browning to endpapers, erratum present at rear. Inscribed by the author to Godfrey Llloyd ('Godfrey Lloyd / from / C.S. / Cambridge/ June 20. 1897.') on front endpaper. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown. Limited to 220 copies. Uncommon. Young 3439. d'Arch Smith 250.
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.
Paris: La Table Rond (2009). 60pp. A facsimile edition, along with a transcription and introduction, of this previously unknown story involving a lesbian romance. Schwob, who was at the center of Symbolist movement in France and an intimate of Oscar Wilde (and assisted with his Salomé) apparently wrote this work toward the end of his life. A fine copy in original wrappers, one of only 30 numbered copies (this being #5) printed on on Vélin d'Arches.
Paris . large 4to. 20pp. A portfolio of images of the infamous Luis Ferdinand d'Orleans y Borbón, Infante d'Espagne, outrageous gay character, drug dealer, cocaine addict, friend to Cocteau, Mistinguett, Marcel Proust among others. Luis Ferdinand is portrayed in a number of outrageous poses, cavorting with sailors, sniffing cocaine, dressing as a woman and soliciting policemen, etc. He was expelled from France on several occasions for dealing in drugs (dressed as a woman on one occasion) and King Alfonso XIII of Spain eventually deprived him of his rights as an Infante of Spain. In 1930, he married (the much older) Marie Constance Charlotte Say, widow of Prince Henri Amédée de Broglie and the owner of the Château de Chaumont, creating great controversy in the process. His relationship with Proust is detailed in Gury, C. Proust et le "très singulier" infant d'Espagne. Undoubtedly Sem's most outrageous published collection of images. Very good in original decorative wrappers, warmly inscribed by Sem on the title page "Pour Jean Cocteau, Ces enfants terribles! affectueusement. Sem." The book also bears the notation, also in Sem's hand: "Cet album est un peu culotte (si j'ose dire) mais c'est un des derniers qui me restent." Wrappers have been lightly restored with one closed tear, the marbled boards are lightly worn with some slight loss at spine and light repair, leather label.Quite rare, particularly in the wrappers; only one institutional copy found. See Rodriques, J. El Infante Maldito: La Biographía de Luis Fernando de Orleans, el Más Depravado Princípe Borbon.
[Deauville, France : Marthe Régnier, ca. 1923?]. One of a series of large folios dedicated to the Parisian beaux monde in the 1920s. Thirty-two colored illustrations all colored by hand (J. Saude) including images of Paul Poiret, Leonora Hughes, The Maharajah of Kapurthala, King Alfonso of Spain, C. Gulbnkian, the Aga Khan, Elsa Maxwell, Vionnet and many others. Many of the images bear penned identifications of those portrayed. Contemporary 3/4 leather binding with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Some wear to edges and spine, leather is a bit discolored- internally very good. Rare.
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).
New York (1924). 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. This is a very good copy with the original uncommon half-title page (referencing the author's pseudonym and identifying the work as a scholarly dissertation). Laid in is a 2pp ALS to Slocum from the Uranian poet Cecil Roberts who invites Slocum to meet and discuss "some of your recent work on the continent." Young 1141*. Scarce.
[Leiden]: (1730). 2 pts in 1 vol. 86pp. An extraordinary collection of documents related to the viscous "sodomitical purges" in Holland in the 1730s, with summons and lists of people accused or condemned or committing sodomy. The punishments for this crime were severe: many men were thrown into the North Sea alive with weighted bags attached, some were strangled and others burned to death or drowned. The second part (78pp) is entitled: Mengeldigten, over de sodomitische straffe of de Beruchte Gruuwelzonden van Sodomie gelukkiglyk ontdekt en geftraft in den Jaare 1730. Bound in contemporary marbled paper wrappers, spine missing, some edgewear but overall quite good.