Potsdam: "Sous le manteau pour H. H. Tillgner", (1920). An early illustrated edition of these homoerotic poems by Verlaine. Erotic title page etching by Marcus Behmer, who also designed the unusual and very erotic phallic endpapers. One of 250 numbered copies (#60), bound in bright orange boards, with 1/4 vellum spine, gold titling, decorative phallic endpapers, corners vellum. On the cover is a gold embossed medallion with the author's name and title around a phallic emblem. A very good example of a rare book, slight repair to vellum spine, pages uncut. Bookplate of Max Alsberg on front pastedown.
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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.
Paris: Sansot (1910) 103pp. A collection of twenty-four poems by the lesbian poet, published the year after her death. Vivien is perhaps best known for her tortured relationships with Natalie Barney and the Baroness Hélène van Zuylen and her drug addictions. One of fifty numbered copies (#22) printed on Japon. Very good in decorative wrappers. (Goujon, 43; Bac, p. 161).
Stockholm: Svanbäcks Boktryckeri (1890). 4to. 67pp. Carl von Platen was a Swedish dilettante nobleman and an amateur photographer who took provocative photographs of young men posing in dresses and swimwear. This penchant led to his being prosecuted for indecency in 1903 and his photographs were seized by the authorities. Thereafter, he spent a period in a private nursing home, then traveled around Europe and wrote travelogues. In 1918, Von Platen was arrested by the police for the second time in Malmö, when he tried to kiss a boy in the Kramer hotel elevator. This edition, a travelogue of sorts, contains 18 photographic images of various locations he encountered in his travels Limited to 100 copies, several penciled corrections to the text, light wear to boards.
Boston: Richard Badger (1923). 142pp. The first published English translations of von Platen's homoerotic poetry translated by Reginald Bancroft Cooke, who also contributes an Introduction. Cooke issued several Platen translations, all of them in quite small editions, which were collected here for the first time. Laid into the book is the author's card, with a brief penciled note. Gilt lettering on spine faded and binding lightly worn. Quite uncommon. Young 3037.
Baltimore: Contemporary Poetry (1944). 55pp. A largely overlooked collection of poetry, much of it highly homoerotic. Wallis is primarily remembered for his classical translations, but many of the poems in this collection are powerful expressions of hidden desires and remorse at lost love. The author died relatively young after a fatal fall from an open window. Do we make war because we fear to vex the manliness of men with death by sex? Near fine in jacket, laid into the book is a 1 page pencilled note from the author.
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.
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.
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.
Hölder: Vienna (1921). 123pp. A highly laudatory collection of writings about Wilde and his work by the Swedish.critic. Bendz wrote about Wilde in several languages and this book contains five essays in English and French. A near fine copy in original wrappers, small bookplate. One of 400 numbered copies, this copy signed by the author. Laid into a linen chemise and slipcase, with light wear.
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.
Privately Printed: New York (1955). 24pp. This gay story was issued in a quite small ediiton of 117 copies, acompanied by an original signed serigraph by Paul Cadmus. The story, set in Italy was published by Windham's longtime lover, Sandy Campbell, in one of a series of handsome letterpress productions. The book is a quite beautifully produced, oblong in shape, illustrated black paper over boards, black paper jacket. Good condition, some loss to spine, boards a bit marked, the black paper dust jacket does not bear the printed title as is called for, but is in near fine condition with glassine wrappers. Signed and numbered by the author (# 32 of 100 copies). A quite rare book as many were destroyed by water damage (interview with the author). Young 4204*.
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.
Paris: Alphonse Lemerre [ca. 1912] 5th ed. One of two novels written by the lesbian heiress and one of her last publications. The novel begins in Port Saïd and follows the wanderings of Prince Charles-Auguste de Lindenfels throughout the Far East with a shifting ensemble of wealthy expatriates. Very good in 1/4 leather and marbled boards, original wrappers not present. Warmly inscribed by the author in her usual purple ink on endpaper. Uncommon.