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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.
An original design for ceiling of the private theater at Charles de Beistegui's Château Groussay by the renowned architect and designer Alexander Serebriakov. Inspired by the Margravine Theatre in Bayreuth, the theater was designed by Emilio Terry and Serebriakov and had its opening in 1957. The preliminary design ( 22" x 29") is completed in pencil, watercolor and gouache and is monogrammed "AS" and dated October 15, 1954. From the collection of Albert Mazurier (1879-1965), painter of wall decorations who worked for Charles de Beistegui. Very good, some small closed tear at edges, light creases and a few light stains. Included is a collection of ALS relating to Chateau Groussay: - Card of invitation addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Mazurier by Carlos de Beistegui for a representation of the "Impromptu de Groussay" dated March 18th, 1957; -1 ALS letter of condolence by Alexander Serebriakoff dated September 15, 1965 (... I still remember, from my meetings (at Mr de Beistègui), your father and I was a great admirer of his talent! Not to mention the sympathy in the rare conversations we have, had on the art ... .dévoués Souvenirs " - 1 ALS signed by Charles de Beistégui dated September 6, 1965 expressing condolences on Mazurier's death. - Invoice concerning the decoration of the ceiling of Groussay addressed to Monsieur de Beistegui by Albert Mazurier - 1 ALS to Mr. Mazurier by Charles de Beistegui complaining of the high price of his achievements and referencing Emilio Terry as "mon frere." - 1 ALS by Charles de Beistégui confirming the order of two copies of paintings. -1 card of sympathy by Emilio Terry to Mazurier's daughter in original envelope on engraved stationary. -A copy of the January issue of Connaissances des Art, featuring the Groussay theater on the cover.
London: Duckworth (1928). 4to. 131pp. 1st Edition. Hardcover. A survey of London statues, illustrated throughout with Hamnett's delightful interpretations. Included are images of Shakespeare, Achilles, The Fat Boy (at Pie Corner) and various others. A very good copy in lightly worn boards, light spotting to foredege, very good illustrated jacked, lightly worn and marked with small abrasions. Inscribed by Sitwell to John Arlott. Laid into the book are 2 entertaining letters (6pp.) by Sitwell to another friend (one dated 1933) referencing Adrian Stokes, Herbert Read, his troubled relationship with his father, his brother Sacheverell and assorted other affairs. With envelopes, appearing to date from the 1930s.
[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.
Portland: Thomas Moser (1908) (1911). Two editions of The Bibelot containing three separate essays on the life and work of Simeon Solomon. Wilde's friend Ross contributes "An Appreciation"; Symons a "Note on Simeon Solomon" and Swinburne "Notes on "His Vision of Love" and other Studies. Both copies of the journal are very good in original wrappers, light cover wear. Uncommon.
London: Chatto & Windus (1889). The first published collection of Uranian poetry, according to the scholar Timothy d'Arch Smith in his definitive treatise on the subject, Love in Earnest (pp.24-27). The book was issued while the author lived in exile in France after a scandal involving a seventeen year old boy with whom he had become besotted had forced him to leave England, leaving a scandal in his wake. The poems in this volume deal directly with this ill-fated love affair and were reviewed by Oscar Wilde in the Pall Mall Gazette in the year of publication (‘He has nothing to say and says it’.) Some have argued that the aristocrat who perverts Dorian Gray in Wilde's novel (Lord Henry) was in fact modeled after Somerset. Very good in original parchment boards, a few small marks on boards, endpapers foxed, light ownership signature on endpaper, inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "With H. Somerset's kindest regards- Monte Carlo, Jan. 1889." Laid into the book is a 2pp ALS dated 1889 regarding a meeting at Sandringham stables on his Park House stationary.
A small collection of 12 printed ephemeral items, Christmas cards, and assorted other printed matter from one of the great Dutch printers. Many of the items are hand-colored and several are signed by the publisher/printer Ger Gleis. Works by James Purdy, William Blake, Sandro Penna and others are included. All near fine. Along with R. Breugelmans' bibliography of the press, 107 maal: Sub Signo Libelli (1/400 numbered copies).
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.