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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.
(1947). Jaap Vegter (1932-2003) was a highly regarded Dutch satirist and comic artist who worked for numerous newspapers and magazines. He often gave a clever and humorous comment on events and people from political, social and cultural life. This is one of his early works, a pen and ink drawing on paper of a group of men and boys arrayed before a naked recumbent boy wearing a sailor's cap. The artist has also decorated the frame in pen and ink with the caption: "JongelingenVereeniging op Gereformeerde Grondslag" and his signature in the lower frame. The subject relates to the "League of Youth Associations" a youth movement associated with the Dutch Reformed Churches where boys were made acquainted with the anti-revolutionary principles.
Paris: Librairie Artistique (1923). One of the series of the author's kitsch novels featuring prostitutes, drug addicts, lesbians and gays and assorted goings-on, with an emphasis on flagellation. Very good in original decorative wrappers, one of an unknown number of "deluxe" copies four explicit illustrations by Gaston Smit laid in.
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: 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.
Berlin-Neurahnsdorf A. Brand . 220pp. The first true anthology of homosexual writing, produced by the artist and writer and initiated in response to Oscar Wilde's imprisonment. The writers represented include the early Greeks and include Goethe, Verlaine, Adolf Brand (with whom he collaborated on the long-running gay journal, Der Eigene) and numerous others. Von Kupffer's introduction to the book argues that homosexuality is a fundamental part of social life and disparages the idea of a "third sex" advocated by Hirschfeld and others as destructive. The volume was banned by authorities in 1903 and the book has become a great rarity and is an important milestone in gay history and one of the cornerstones of gay literature. The arguments articulated in the book remain as culturally significant as they were in his own day. The volume precedes the other major anthologies in the field, Men and Boys: An Anthology (1924) and Edward Carpenter's Iolaus (who was inspired to collect his material after reading this book). A very good copy in lightly worn contemporary boards, the uncommon wrappers are present and bear the signature of the Romantic writer Peter Hille. The book was published in 1900 by the gay rights crusader Adolf Brand and the sheets were later conveyed to Max Spohr, who re-issued the book under his own imprint. Quite rare. $2000.
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.
Albert Wainwright (1898-1943) was born in Castleford and studied at Leeds School of Art, where he was friends with fellow student, Henry Moore. He was a prolific artist and illustrator, primarily in a post-Beardsley and Viennese secessionist manner. He found early success with a one-man show in Leeds, at the age of 22, followed by a show at the Goupil Gallery in London. He traveled extensively to Germany and Austria, where these images were created. One verso is another gouache drawing: “Gentleman in traditional costume, Salzburg.” Both images are ink and wash drawings, unframed, unsigned, (25cm x 18cm).
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.
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.
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.
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.
London: Hutchinson (c. 1944). A record of the British journalist and broadcaster's service in the Royal Navy. The book is warmly inscribed on the endpaper to Evan, Viscount Tredeger. Laid into the book is a 2pp TLS from Wynn to Tredeger concerning the latter's hospitilization. Also included are several notes in Tredeger's hand relating to bets on horses. Tredeger, also known as Evan Morgan, was a Welsh poet, patron and friend of many literary and artistic figures such as Huxley, Augustus John, Firbank, and the Sitwells. Very good in very good jacket with some chips and edgewear.
Paris: Tallandier . 221pp. Novel based on the life and favorites of King Henry III, long reputed to have been homosexual. A contemporary chronicler of the period notes that they made themselves "exceedingly odious, as much by their foolish and haughty demeanour, as by their effeminate and immodest dress, but above all by the immense gifts the king made to them."Very good in illustrated wrappers, light edgewear and browning. Uncommon.