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Leipzig Klinkhardt . 62pp. Essays on the future of love after the Great War. Stocker, a feminist and sexual reformer and the first woman on the board of Magnus Hirschfeld's SHC. Here discusses the ethics of having relationships with enemy soldiers and other ethical quandaries. Very good in somewhat browned wrappers, pages uncut, first page has a small closed tear. Uncommon.
London: Leonard C Smithers (1895). The author's third collection of Decadent poetry, issued by the controversial publisher of much "Nineties" verse. Very good in original boards, spine a bit dulled. One of 500 copies, a presentation copy to L. Cranmer-Byng, inscribed in the year of publication on front endpaper. Another, later inscription, from Simon Digby, appears below, bookplate on front pastedown.
Paris: Theatre Sarah-Bernhardt (1928). 4to. The quite uncommon ballet program presented by Serge Diaghilev in 1928 with the cover illustrated for "Ode" by Tchelitchew. This cover design, a thoughtful composition of dancers made of dots interacting with geometric lines is among his most alluring images. Photographs of Lifar, Balanchine and artwork by Tchelitchew and Paul Tanqueray. Very good in original stapled wrappers.
Paris: Obelisk Press (1936)., A quite uncommon novel about Gilles de Rais by the rather obscure poet and translator who was at the center of the Paris expatriates in the 1920s. He was an associate editor at the New Review and translator of a Black Sun edition and an intimate of Jean Cocteau and friends with Hans Henning (Alastair). A very good copy, covers rather sunned , with light edgewear. One of 100 signed and numbered copies, this is copy #1.
Volume II. London: Printed for E. Curll in Fleet Street (1719). Hardcover. 58pp. A record of the famous Castlehaven sodomy trial in 1631, among a number of similar publications issued by this publisher to exploit the case for his own commercial purposes and which fed on the “sodomite-hunting” that was rampant during the period. The 2nd Earl of Castlehaven was convicted of abetting the rape of his wife and of committing sodomy with his male servants and the trial was a spectacular sex scandal, resulting in the execution of Castlehaven and his servants. Included with this publication is another sensational trial from 1699 involving adultery and divorce of Henry Duke of Norfolk. Contemporary calf boards, front panel missing, front endpaper a bit browned and worn. Rare.
Paris: Méricant (1902). A decadent erotic novel with androgynous characters, illustrated with 25 black and white illustrations by Maurice Neumont. The author of more than forty books, many on similar themes, she was widely respected in fin de siecle literary circles. A very good copy in illustrated lightly worn wrappers, slight roll to spine.
Bruxelles: Ouvrage Imprimé aux Depéns d'un Groupe de Bibliophiles (1948). A collection of Verlaine's erotic poetry, consisting of works from "Amies," "Femmes," and "Hombres" illustrated with twelve explicity erotic images attributed to Paul-Emile Bécat (one image is missing). Of a total edition of 522 copies, this is one of 400 copies with the images reproduced in color. A very good example, light sunning to covers, modest wear to chemise and slipcase. Uncommon in this state. Dutel 2094, Pia 967.