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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.
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").
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: Enitharmon Press (1976). A posthumous collection of Welch's intensely personal poetry and a selection of his drawings, with an Introduction by Jean-Louis Chevalier. Mine was a lost and moony life Alone among the fields at night: Or in the loft with the sick smelling apples Blistering along the shelves in the moonlight. Mine was a life all to myself With torn newspaper about my feet, But now I lie beneath this enemy sky At the end of the longest street. Of a total edition of 660 copies, this is one of 60 special numbered copies on blue paper and specially bound. A fine copy. Uncommon.
North Pomfret (1993). The first publication of Elysium Press, printed by hand over the course of a year in the Studio Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College. This previously unpublished essay is an account of the author's first meeting with his mentor, Edith Sitwell and captures his minutely observed insights into human behaviour and aesthetics that earned him a loyal following in his short writing career. Illustrated by Pierre Le-Tan, with an Introduction by Edmund White. Fine, as issued in Japanese silk boards, glassine wrappers.
Lyon: Archives d'anthropologie Criminelle de Criminologie et de Psychologie normale et Pathologique. Tome XXV; #197 15 Mai 1910. Soft cover. This review contains a chapter of Westermarck's The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas dealing with homosexuality, here translated into French. Exhaustively documented with 228 footnotes. Very good in wrappers, edgewear and light sunning.
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.
Privately printed (1951). 150pp. A memorial publication dedicated to Oscar Wilde's niece, with contributions by Natalie Clifford Barney (who financed the edition), Victor Cunard, Janet Flanner, Allanah Harper, Elizabeth de Gramont and numerous others. A very good copy in original wrappers, with light browning to cover edges, slight bumping to several pages. One of a limited number of copies printed, (#173); another edition appeared the following year.
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.
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.
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.