San Francisco (1993). 75pp. First edition of this miniature book, consisting of two memoirs by Samuel Steward of his friends Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, along with three portraits of Stein. Printed letterpress by Juniper Von Phitzer in San Francisco; bound in lavender leather boards, gilt edges. One of 222 numbered and signed (by Steward, Hiemstra, and Von Phitzer) copies.
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London: Aquarian Press (1970). 180pp. An amusing guide to all things mystical and magical in 60s London- a time capsule with detailed listings on psychics, seekers and assorted others. Very good in decorative jacket.
A small collection of 12 printed ephemeral items, Christmas cards, and assorted other printed matter from one of the great Dutch printers. Many of the items are hand-colored and several are signed by the publisher/printer Ger Gleis. Works by James Purdy, William Blake, Sandro Penna and others are included. All near fine. Along with R. Breugelmans' bibliography of the press, 107 maal: Sub Signo Libelli (1/400 numbered copies).
London: Michael deHartington (1974). The first appearance of this poem, edited by Robert Peters and Timothy d'Arch Smith. One of 20 numbered copies, this copy warmly inscribed by Smith to Brian Hill. Very good in orange wrappers, slight edgewear.
Venice: S Rosen, Piazza S Marco (1906). An uncommon miniature book (2" x 2 3/4") of these sonnets, illustrated with drawings by "G.B.S." Babington 518. Good in original boards with leather ties, wear to edges and spine, but internally very nice.
Charles J. Sawyer. 1929. 82pp. Limited edition of 100 copies, this one being no. 56, signed by the author. Portrait frontis. + 2 plates. Original red buckram gilt faded on spine, otherwise very good.
London: Cassell & Co. Ltd, (1934). 3rd ed. The author's highly regarded biography of the eccentric Rolfe. Very good, light wear to boards, a presentation copy, inscribed on front free endpaper "For Count O'Kelly in the hope that it will not undermine his faith ... Oct. 24 1938 ..."
London: Alpine Club (1972). Soft cover. Forty illustrated works, many of which were unpublished. Very good in wrappers. Uncommon.
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 ?).
Two ink portraits by the aesthete of his friend and contemporary Edward Sackville-West. The portraits are on a sheet of Waldorf Hotel stationary (4.5" x 7") and each bears assorted notations in Tennant's hand: "Eddie- the portrait of a spiritual attitude" and "Cycle of the Ring- your profile shows your soul of a mystic....your marveous eye...." Sackville-West and Tennant were both sensitive gay men in the circle of The Bright Young Things in the 1920s and Sackville- West is perhaps known as a music critic.
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow (1972). A collection of Tyler's poems, some of which appeared in literary magazines in his early career. Tyler was the co-founder of the surrealist View magazine and one of the first critics of experimental cinema. One of 200 signed copies in boards, frontispiece by his friend Pavel Tchelitchew. Very good, very light sunning to edges, glassine jacket.
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.
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: Alphonse Lemerre (1904). 195pp. A near fine copy of this poetry collection, pages uncut in the illustrated wrappers by Lévy-Dhurmer. The seventh publication of the poet, bearing a printed dedication to her lover Natalie Barney. Claude bac @91.
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.
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).
Paris: La Renaissance du Livre (1928). Essays and recollections of the artistic world of Monmartre in the 1920s. Inscribed by the author to Foujita and his wife Youki. Very good in wrappers, light loss to head of spine and a little foxing.
Paris: Harrison of Paris (1932). 240pp. One of the most attractive of the Harrison of Paris series, published by Wescott and Monroe Wheeler and printed in Holland by Enchede under the supervision of the great printer J. van Krimpen. Tchelitchew has contributed illustrations for the signs of the zodiac, which adorn the text and margins of the book. One of only 40 specially numbered and bound copies, signed by Wescott and Tchelitchew printed on Pannekoek paper, bound in 3/4 polished russet calf with gilt-lettered black spine labels. A quite uncommon book in this limited state and a masterful production of printing and design. A very good example, unnumbered, modest wear to covers, slipcase not present. Wescott has inscribed this copy on the colophon: "For Katie [last name effaced]- With all her charms and virtues in mind. G."
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.
Samuel Charters: NP (1968). Soft cover. A long poem dedicated to Charles Olson, printed on a singled foled sheet, folded several times. Very good.
London: Grant Richards (1906). 328pp. There are nine contributions (poems) by Wilde, including "Theocritus" and "The True Knowledge." Very good in gold stamped boards, wear to head and tail of spine, edgewear.
William Reeves: London (1895). The first ediiton of this scarce pamphlet presenting "some considerations in opposition to the mass of general vituperation with which the irresponsible public has thought fit to demonstrate its own virtue and superiority to the author of Dorian Gray." Mason 679. Light brown wrappers, a bit of sunning to wrappers.
Saskatoon: Stumble Jumper (1977). 31pp. Gay poetry, signed by the author on endpaper. He has also written out a poem not included in the collection. Very good in fine paper covered wraps. Young 4190*.
Privately Printed: Verona (1998). 1st Edition. Soft cover. A collection of letters from Windham to his lover Sandy Campbell written from Italy in 1948. Windham was writing his first book while traveling through Italy and writes of the post-War period very movingly. He pays particular attention to the beauty of the Italian males. With numerous tipped in photographs. Printed at the Stamperia Valdonega. As issued in wrappers and paper slipcase, one of 300 copies.
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.