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.
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One of the fathers of the gay rights movement, Ulrichs (1825-1895) penned the highly influential Forschungen über das Rätsel der mannmännlichen Liebe in which he first articulated his view that homosexual love was natural and biological. His subsequent writings have formed the foundation of all later research and his insights were eventually adopted by mainstream science. Holograph postcard (3" x 5.5") from Ulrichs (signed "Carlo Arrigo Ulrichs") to a bookseller in Emden, Germany regarding his publication Alaudae. Ulrichs has settled in Aquila, Italy towards the end of his life and from 1889 to his death in 1895, he published the literary review Alaudae to promote the international use of Latin. He refers to several subscribers of the journal, including "a bishop and a reigning majesty ...' Although difficult to determine, it appears the card is dated 20 April 1889. Ulrichs correspondence is extremely rare.
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.
Six of the original photo-engraved printing blocks for the illustrations for the novel Fredi en Ménage, one of a series of transvestite novels starring Fredi. He plays housekeeper to an older man here, but he seems to spent most of his time in a silk kimono and high-heeled shoes. The engraved metal plates are mounted on to the original woodblocks used in the production of the book, all of which bear the title of the book on the side. The plates are in very good condition, several are lightly worn and have residue of the inks used in the letterpress process. The printing block for the cover illustration is included.
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").
Leipzig: Max Spohr . 100pp. One of several books published by the Estonian esthete, artist, and writer and poet, who eventually adopted the name "Elisarion." He studied at St. Petersburg, where he met Eduard von Mayer (1873 - 1960), his life-long partner. Between 1894 and 1897 they traveled throughout Europe and befriended Von Gloeden in Taormina. They eventually sought refuge in Switzerland during the war years and created an extraordinary "Santuarium" in Minusio where Elisarion wrote and painted a number of homoerotic murals. His "Klaristiche" movement there sought to blend together homoeroticism, Greek mythology and medieval codes of chivalry. His work was also published and reviewed in the gay magazine "Akademos" published by Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen. One of Elisarion's more uncommon works, on the Renaissance sculptor Sodoma (Giovan Antonio). A near fine copy in original wrappers, illustrated. Spohr bibliography at 422.
Leipzig: P. Reclam jun, . 88pp. This romantic play addresses the political and social turmoil in Estonia as a result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and the subsequent Russian Revolution of 1905-1907. The play takes place at the end of July 1905 on a manor in Estonia on the border with Latvia. Introduction by the author's longtime companion, Eduard von Mayer. Very good in original wrappers, previous owners stamp on front wrapper.
Boston: Merrymount Press (1900). Perhaps the best of Warren's writings, a short story based (arguably) on a similar story by Oscar Wilde. Warren is known for his sale of classical antiquities and the Lewes House brotherhood of aesthetes, as well as his several books of Uranian poetry. One of 300 numbered copies printed by D.B. Updike and illustrated by Arthur Gaskin, covers and spine lightly borwned, light scratch to cover. Uncommon.
London: Elkin Matthews (1913). 32pp. sm. 8vo. Sandys Wason was a contemporary of Lord Alfred Douglas at Oxford and, along with him, one of the founders of the short-lived and controversial literary magazine, The Spirit Lamp. This small collection of poetry is heterogenous, but has a faintly religious tone. He later became a priest in Cornwall but was was removed from his post for "doctrinal and liturgical disobedience."Very good in brown boards, light cover wear. Quite uncommon.
A collection of four pamphlets printed for the Corvine enthusiast and biographer. Included are: The King (1958) 12pp.; A Christmas New Year Letter (1960) 8pp; An Intrusion Upon Eternity (1961) 12pp; The Angel that Didn't Fly (1964) 8pp. Printed at St. Albert's Press and Press of Leonard Bahr. Very good in sewn or stapled wrappers.
London (Tate Gallery). Reproduction of the Expedition of Rare Meats mural at the Tate, with an explanation. The murals are reproduced in color on a folding pamphlet, printed on both sides. Very good. Reproduction of the Expedition of Rare Meats mural at the Tate, with an explanation. The murals are reproduced in color on a folding pamphlet, printed on both sides. Very good.
Upsala: Esaias Edquist (1880). 38pp. Carl Pontus Wikner (19 May 1837 - 16 May 1888) was a famed Swedish lecturer in philosophy and is considered one of the founders of the homosexual liberation movement in Sweden. Against the argument that homosexuality is unnatural, he answered that only that which according to the laws of nature cannot occur is unnatural. And nothing is bad which does not injure or harm any person. He pleaded to all future readers to give homosexuals the right to get married. Very good in original wrappers, small closed tears to covers. Rare.
Paris: Livre d'Or (1927). 129pp. A memorial book dedicated to Vivien, the Symbolist poet of Sapphic verse. Illustrated throughout with photographs of the poet and facsimiles of her work. Frontispiece decoration by Manuel Orazi. One of 30 numbered copies on Japon Imperial (#19) of a total edition of 244 copies. Very good, two chips to the spine covers, light wear to covers. Uncommon.
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.
Verona: Privately Printed (1976). 333pp. The collected letters from Williams to Windham, referencing many of their mutual friends and collaborations, which resulted in a breach in their long friendship. One of a limited number of copies printed on blue Fabriano paper (26 special numbered copies on this paper were issued). This is an unsigned hors commerce copy, with a 1 pp. TLS from the publisher Mario Mardesteig, to a collector of his publications. Near fine in original wrappers and slipcase.
Taunton: Woodley Williams & Dunsford (1921). 8vo. 62pp. The only published work of the Uranian poet, whose ideal of comradely love parallels that of Edward Carpenter, perhaps with a more passionate dimension. His poems to boyhood love attracted the attention of Edward Slocum, who included examples in his anthology Men & Boys several years later. Very good in red fabric boards, spine sunned, a bit of foxing to foredge. Rare.
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.