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.
Asphodel Editions: North Pomfret. 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. Fine as issued. The book went out of print quickly after publication and is uncommon.
NP (1924). Hardcover. 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 original unprinted jacket and numbered slipcase, light sunning to spine.
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.
Paris: Impr. de P. Dupont (1898). Sarluis (1874-1949) came to Paris at the age of 20, where he befriended a group of intellectuals and artists surrounding Oscar Wilde. An fin de siecle aesthete, he exhibited at the Salon de la Rose Croix and at the Salon des Artistes Français, as well as numerous galleries in London and Paris. Sarluis’ paintings typically feature mythological or symbolical subjects painted in a modern style. Good in sewn wrappers, some loss to front edge, light wear. Inscribed on the front endpaper to Eugene Tardieu, the first French translator of Wilde's Potrait of Dorian Gray. Several library stamps on preliminaries. Quite rare.
Der Blitz. Eine radikale Zeitung. Wien (1908-1909). One of a number of weekly radical newspapers that flourished in early 20th century Vienna (1908-1924), Der Blitz addressed many social and political issues of the day and paid particular attention to sexual scandals in Austria and Hungary. There were numerous articles on prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism and related subjects in the weekly tabloid that undoubtedly catered to the bohemianism of the times. Vienna was a hotbed of social activism and there were many newspapers catering to every interest. Included are the following 18 issues (generally 16pp. each): Jahrgang 1: #5, 7, 12, 14, 15, Jahrgang 2: 16, 19 (2 copies), 20, 22, 25, 30, 32, 35, 37, 42, 55, 56. Fair condition, paper browned, edgeworn, some pages are loose, some are torn or chipped.
Berlin: Verlag Fritz Gurlitt (1921). 4to. 26pp. A tribute to the poet August von Platen, Schoff has created twenty-five images to accompany the text, all of which is printed in holograph form. The illustrations are distinctly homoerotic and involve boys cavorting in the countryside or engaged in tender embraces. Schoff was known for his sensually erotic images, many involving homosexual relations. One of 100 copies printed (hand-numbered #14), an additional twenty were issued with hand-colored plates. Very good in lavender colored wrappers with cover design, lightly worn at edges and enclosed in dismembered cardboard box. Several of the plates are signed by the artist. Quite rare- we find no copies in American institutions.
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*.
Asphodel Editions (2004). Hardcover. This is the revised edition of the author's 1983 bibliography of the Fortune Press. This edition includes a wealth of new material, including the identity of some of the psuedonymous authors, as well as indexes missing from the original edition. Binding is 8vo, Cloth. (vi), 115 +1 pages.
Utrecht (1731). 22pp. 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. The 'Letter to a friend' contains copies of the summons of 27 August 1731 and the sentence of 19 November the same year. The second work listed is signed by the author opposite the title page. Contemporary marbled limp boards. title page lightly foxed; one leaf loosening, backstrip damaged. Both wrks are quite rare.
Au Bordel: l'an de la fouterie 5790; NP (1789) and A Foutroplis: chez Braquemart libraire (ND). A re-edition of these three revolutionary pamphlets originally attributed (in part) to Restif de la Bretonne. The pamphlets are violent diatribes against sodomy, bestiality, incest, etc. The pamphlets are bound together in plain wrappers, all in very good condition. Quite uncommon, pages uncut.
NP:ND . Solano's only published book of poetry, written while she was a secretary to the mystic G.I. Gurdjieff. She was at the center of the group of American expatriates residing in Paris between the wars and was a longtime lover of Janet Flanner. A very good copy in yellow wrappers, covers lightly worn, pages uncut. Uncommon.