Lisboa : Imprensa Libanio da Silva (1923). 2nd. ed. 4to. 77pp. The lesbian poet's first published collection, which was generally greeted with disdain by the Portuguese literary world. Her work was reviled, along with that of Antonio Botto for its frank portrayal of homosexuality. Beautifully produced book on heavyweight papers, printed in 2 colors, with original tipped on color illustration. Covers are foxed, cover illustration is only partially present. Internally very good, penned noted on front fold-over in French describing one poem (signed “Myriam Harry ?).
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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.
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.
Paris: Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne Réunies (1929). 215pp. This gay camp novel, one of several dealing with young Fredi's adventures in a a variety of situations. Illustrated throughout by Gaston Smit, the book also contains the four extra etchings laid into the text, which are often missing. A good copy with light cover wear, edgewear to spine and edges, occasional light spotting. Uncommon.
An original vintage photograph of a male nude by the celebrated French photographer, known for his portraits of Jean Marais and Parisian film stars. The image bears the blindstamp of the photographer at lower right and is in very good condition. Voinquel's vintage photographs are highly collected and have been reproduced in several monographs of his work. (4.5" x 6").
London (1948). Welch's last book, published just before his untimely death. A collection of short stories, including the widely respected "When I was Thirteen", hailed by Edmund White and William S. Burroughs. Very good in a very nice Gothic jacket designed by the author, minor edgewear. One of a limited number of copies printed for contintal E#urope and so designated on verson of title page.
North Pomfret (1993). The first publication of Elysium Press, printed by hand over the course of a year in the Studio Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College. This previously unpublished essay is an account of the author's first meeting with his mentor, Edith Sitwell and captures his minutely observed insights into human behaviour and aesthetics that earned him a loyal following in his short writing career. Illustrated by Pierre Le-Tan, with an Introduction by Edmund White. Fine, as issued in Japanese silk boards, glassine wrappers.
Lyon: Archives d'anthropologie Criminelle de Criminologie et de Psychologie normale et Pathologique. Tome XXV; #197 15 Mai 1910. Soft cover. This review contains a chapter of Westermarck's The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas dealing with homosexuality, here translated into French. Exhaustively documented with 228 footnotes. Very good in wrappers, edgewear and light sunning.
Shaftesbury: Privately Printed at the High House Press (1926). 82pp. A memorial book published to commemorate the life of Mildred Olivier, the sister of Edith Olivier, who died at a relatively young age. This is Edith Olivier's first publication, and includes essays by herself, as well as by Dorothea Ponsonby, Cecily Foyle, Brian Howard, Pamela Grey of Fallodan, and several others. Stephen Tennant contributed a drawing for the frontispiece and Edith's close friend Rex Whistler contributed several illustrations in the book. The edition was limited to one hundred twelve numbered copies, this is copy number 70. One of the earliest books illustrated by Whistler. Very good in patterned paper boards, light cover wear with a bit of label discoloration.
Edinburgh: Privately Printed (1981). An essay by Jeremy Mason on Wilde's stay in Berneval after his release from prison, with several tipped in photographs and a previously unpublished letter from Wilde to Reggie Turner. One of 70 numbered copies printed letterpress at the Tragara Press, fine in marbled wrappers.
Paris: E. Figuiere . 168 pp. 2nd ed. Wilde's famous novel, adapted to the theater by Suzanne Mercet. (Although the author notes in the introduction: "Cette pièce n'est pas- une adaptation, c'est une transmutation de l'or pur du roman d Oscar Wilde en une matière dramatique aussi précieuse et aussi brillante, puisqu'il l'avait inconsciemment préparée." Very good in marbled boards, original wrappers present (with cover illustration by "Kit") #966 of an unknown edition Quite uncommon and likely the first dramatic presentation of Wilde's novel in France.
Three TLS and one typed card from Williams to collector Anthony Reid, all dated 1980. Williams was the longtime principal of the Jargon Society, the important small-press publisher founded in 1951 by Williams. The amusing letters are filled with book gossip and reference Ralph Chubb, Ian Young and a number of shared interests. Very good, laid into a custom paper envelope by Reid, along with his Ralph Chubb bookplate.
Paris: Chez les marchands de nouveautés, [ND]. 284pp. A quite rare treatise on homosexuality, mistakenly attributed to Liane de Pougy (whose novel L'idylle Saphique was written around the same time.) Only one instiutional copy located at the Bibliothèque Nationale. Very good in slighly marked original wrappers.
A thirty-two page notebook with numerous clippings and genealogical research on the Zuylen-Nyevelt/Rothschild family, much of which dates to the 1930s. One of the most well known families in Holland, the ancestral home at De Haar remains a great tourist attraction. Hélène van Zuylen-Nyevelt was a lover of Renée Vivien and the author of several books with her. Very good in decorative paper wrappers.