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.
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London: The Century Guild: Hobby Horse (October 1892). 4to. The Hobby Horse was a quarterly Victorian periodical in England published by the Century Guild of Artists and ran from 1884–1894. Unlike its successors, The Yellow Book and The Savoy, The Hobby Horse was not solely committed to an elite aestheticism and it contained a variety of essays on the social role of art and artists. This issue contains a long and laudatory essay by Sayle, a fellow Uranian poet, on Nicholson's collection of pederastic sonnets, Love in Earnest. See d'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest @ 76. A very good copy of an uncommon publication, covers are lightly marked and browned with edgewear and some light loss to spine.
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.
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).
London: George Allen & Unwin (1919). 24pp. A long and touching poem by the Uranian schoolmaster at Battersea Polytechnic School, who laments the departure of one of his students at the end of school term. The poems was apparently much admired by the fellow poet Montague Summers. The publisher Francis Edwin Murray's copy, with his small printed label on front cover and the author's name written in Murray's hand on title page. A very good copy laid into a blue cloth chemise with gilt lettering on spine, adorned with the bookplates of Timothy d'Arch Smith (by Goor) and Roger Walker, as well as a photographic image of the author. This appears to be the same copy (#80) as that catalogued by d'Arch Smith in English Homosexual Poetry of the Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries: The Timothy d'Arch Smith Collection (Catalog #3 of Michael deHartington Booksellers). Young 3545*.
London: Printed for M. Downing, in Bartholomew-Close, near West-Smithfield (1738). 28pp. The Society for the Reformation of Manners was founded in the Tower Hamlets area of London in 1691. Its espoused aims were the suppression of profanity, immorality, and other lewd activities in general, and of brothels and prostitution in particular. One of many similar societies founded in that period, it reflected a sea-change in the social attitudes in England following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and a shifting from the socially liberal attitudes of the Restoration period under Charles II and James II to a more moral and censorious attitude of respectability and seriousness under William and Mary. This document notes that "Great numbers of Bawdy-houses, Sodomitical haunts, Common gaming-houses, and other Disorderly houses, have been suppressed and shut up; and the streets very much purg'd from the Wretched tribe of Night-walking Prostitutes and most detestable Sodomites." The Society flourished until the 1730s, with 1,363 prosecutions in 1726-7. There was a series of raids on "molly houses" (homosexual brothels) in 1725. One prominent victim of the Society was Charles Hitchen, a "thief-taker" and Under City Marshal. He acted as a "finder" of stolen merchandise, negotiating a fee for the return of the stolen items, while extorting bribes from pickpockets to prevent arrest, and leaning on the thieves to make them fence their stolen goods through him. His business may have been undermined by the success of his competitor Jonathan Wild. In 1727, Hitchen was accused of sodomitical practices, and tried for sodomy (a capital offence) and attempted sodomy. He was sentenced to a fine of 20 pounds, to be put in the pillory for one hour, and then to serve six months in prison. He was badly beaten while in the pilory, and died soon after being released from prison. Very good, disbound from another volume, but intact otherwise. Uncommon.
Two ink portraits by the aesthete of his friend and contemporary Edward Sackville-West. The portraits are on a sheet of Waldorf Hotel stationary (4.5" x 7") and each bears assorted notations in Tennant's hand: "Eddie- the portrait of a spiritual attitude" and "Cycle of the Ring- your profile shows your soul of a mystic....your marveous eye...." Sackville-West and Tennant were both sensitive gay men in the circle of The Bright Young Things in the 1920s and Sackville- West is perhaps known as a music critic.
Kassel bei G. Württenberger (1868). 37pp. Number 6 of Ulrichs pamphlets, highly important, very scarce. The first of Ulrichs´s pamphlets to be published under his own name. Featuring his speech on 29 August 1867 when he became the first homosexual to speak out publicly in defense of homosexuality pleading at the Congress of German Jurist in Munich for a resolution urging the repeal of anti-homosexual laws. Condition: generally in good condition, spine worn, internally fine, only very occasionally some foxing and a little dusty; see.
Utrecht: Gedrukt by Pieter Muntendam, naer de origineele en by den autheur ondertekende (1731). 22pp; Gedrukt voor den autheur, . 12pp. Emanuel Valk (1697-1732) was minister in Velzen (1723-1730) and later in Vianen. In 1730, he was suspected of sodomy and resigned from his church and moved to Utrecht, where he wrote pamphlets about his case. In 1732, he was arrested in Utrecht and handed over to the police of Vianen, where he subsequently committed suicide in his cell. Two in a series of contemporaneous pamphlets issued about the case, very good, unbound, slightly yellowed with edgewear.