Leipzig Klinkhardt . 62pp. Essays on the future of love after the Great War. Stocker, a feminist and sexual reformer and the first woman on the board of Magnus Hirschfeld's SHC. Here discusses the ethics of having relationships with enemy soldiers and other ethical quandaries. Very good in somewhat browned wrappers, pages uncut, first page has a small closed tear. Uncommon.
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.
Berlin: Birkholz (1925). A beautiful production of Verlaine's short poem from Sagesse, illustrated by Marcus Behmer. Printed on a lithographic hand press and issued in one hundred and fifty copies. This is example #93, signed and numbered by the artist. Very good in brown boards, sunning and slight loss to spine. 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).
Saint-Cyr (1923). 8vo. 84pp. (20,5 x 13,5 cm). Volume II of this quite uncommon bi-lingual (French and English) journal of nude photography, with 78 photographs of men and women in various poses. Although most of the works are un-attributed, several works by von Gloeden are noted and several appear to be from Adolf Brand's Der Eigene publications. There are also a number of articles related to nude photography included, such as "The Nude Rambatorial," "La Vraie et la Fausse Pudeur," and "True and False Modesty." A very good copy in light blue wrappers, light sunning and light bump to one corner. Quite uncommon.
Eberswalde-Berlin : Jung [c. 1910]. 148pp. A quite uncommon collection of von Kuppfer's poetry (an one "morality fantasy"), most of which is quite homoerotic in tone (including "Antinous," and "Im heim der Liebe"). "Elisarion" as he styled himself, was an accomplished writer, poet and artist, who settled in Locarno, Switzerland, with his lover Eduard von Mayer on 1915 and began a religious movement called "Klarismus" which exalted the beauty of ephebes and sought clarity in daily life. He was also an early homosexual rights activist and penned Lieblingminne und Freundesliebe in der Weltliteratur in 1900, the first published anthology of gay verse, inspiring Edward Carpenter to issue his Iolaus several years late (see #). Published by Max Spohr's influential press, known for issuing many important gay texts. A very good copy, light spotting to front endpaper, front pastedown has some bubbling. The photographic frontispiece bears a printed signature by the author.
Paris: Les Éditions Crès (1922). An uncommon book on the famous costume balls of Paris, with illustrations by the author. Warnod descibes in detail many of the fin de siècle balls and those of the post-War period with amusing vignettes. This edition (as opposed to the trade edition of the book) was available to subscribers only and contains four controversial sections on "Les Bals d'Invertis", "Le Dernier Grand Écart", "Grandeur et Décadence de la Danse du Ventre a Paris" and Les Filles de Maisons Closesau Bal Public". This edition also contains four addiitional images illustrating these sections laid into the text (see illustration). Limited to 200 numbered copies, very good in original illustrated wrappers, pages uncut.
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 (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.
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.
Philadelphia: J.M. Stoddart (1882). Hardcover. Wilde contributed the foreword to this eccentrically produced book of poetry, which he arranged the publication for while in America. Rodd and Wilde had been close companions for some time, but this book prompted their estrangement. One of an unknown ediiton of deluxe copies, printed on one side of each leaf only in brown ink on thin handmade parchment paper, interleaved with green tissue paper, bound in vellum, top edges gilt. Very good, vellum a bit darkened, small portion of front pastedown missing. Uncommon.
Lyon: Archives d'anthropologie Criminelle de Criminologie et de Psychologie normale et Pathologique 15 april 1912 (#220). Tome XXVII. The author reviews the medical literature in Germany on sexological issues, with a particular discussion of the work of Magnus Hirschfeld. Very good in wrappers, light sunning and edgewear.
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*.
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.
Paris: Lemerre (1904). 357pp. A rather large collection of prose poems, plays and stories written in collaboration with Renée Vivien, her lover for several tempestuous years. The Baroness Hélène de Zuylen de Nyevelt, a Rothschild, provided Vivien with emotional and financial support and penned several other books with her under the pen name "Paule Riversdale". A quite uncommon collection. Very good in original illustrated wrappers, a few light spots and light rubbing to covers.