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Privately Printed . The ninth of the eccentric author's book productions and the first under this pseudonym. The work, a Surrealist text set around a Venutian circus, is illustrated with more than one hundred accomplished drawings by Edward Carrick. Very good in 3/4 leather boards and marbled boards, browned at edges.
London: Walter Scott (1889). 2nd ed. 88pp. This quite uncommon collection by the Scottish poet (aka Fiona Macleod). Sharp, a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, used his feminine alter ego increasingly after 1893. A very good copy in rather browned and chipped parchment paper wrappers, slight loss at head of spine. Warmly inscribed by Sharp to fellow poet Bliss Carmen on front endpaper.
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. 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), a few penciled notations in text. Laid in is a 1pp typescript of three poems that are included in the text on page 64, perhaps by Slocum. This copy bears an inscription from the author to Herbert Boyce Satcher (signed "E.E." [his pseudonym Edwin Edwinstone]). Satcher and Slocum were friends and shared similar homosexual interests. See Rosenthal, An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan for a thorough examination of Slocum's work.
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.
[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.
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.
Paris: A. Tolmer, [ca 1912]. 4to. Thevenaz was a Swiss-born artist, set designer and dancer who painted portraits of many of the great personalities of the early part of the twentieth century. He was briefly a lover of Jean Cocteau and collaborated with Stravinsky and others associated with the Ballets Russes in Paris. Prior to his painting career, he was actively involved with the Eurythmics dance movement founded in 1905 by the Swiss musician Émile Jaques-Dalcroze. He came to the United States after the first World War, receiving numerous mural commissions for estates on Long Island and Manhattan town houses, but died tragically in 1921. This edition illustrates the principles of eurythmics and is illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by the artist. Quite rare. Very good in wrappers, neatly taped at spine.
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.