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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.
(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.
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).
Bruxelles: Imprimerie Félix Callewaert Père (1885). 2nd ed. 4to. 193pp. A quite uncommon gay novel by the twenty-five year old Warlomont, which bears a printed dedication to his friend and fellow Symbolist, Josephin Péladan. The author died several years later after editing the journal La Jeune Belgique, which became the voice for a younger generation of writers and poets in Belgium. One of three hundred copies (this unnumbered) in bound in 1/4 morocco and marbled paper boards and endpapers, light scuffing to edges. Library stamp on title page, light foxing to endpapers and throughout.
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.
Shaftesbury: Privately Printed at the High House Press (1926). 79pp. 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 112 numbered copies, this is copy number 73. One of the earliest books illustrated by Whistler. Very good in patterned paper boards, light cover wear with a bit of label discoloration. Laid in is a 1 page ALS from Edith Olivier on Daye House stationary regarding the publication of the volume.
Dublin: James Duffy. (1864). 233pp. The first edition of Lady Wilde's collection of poems, which bears a printed dedication to her sons Oscar and Willie. Her progressive views on women's rights and Irish independence often involved her in various controversies, but she never altered her views nd was a frequent contributor to progressive magazines. A very good copy in the original decorative green buckram, some wear to covers, gilt edges and titling dulled, occasional light browning. Front endpaper bear a partially erased (and indesipherable inscription. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper to her son Oscar: "For my dear Oscar from his mother." Laid in to the text is a xerox copy of a partial undated letter from Lady Wilde to Oscar, in which she states: ..."but it will not make me happy to know that my two sonsmeet in society and do not speak and are hostile to each other..." At rear is an advertisement for Lady Wilde's 3-vol. "The First Temptation: or, Eritis Sicut Deus", a Philosophical Romance, translated from the German; a novel. Laid in to a marbled clamshell box.
Paris: E. Figuiere . 168 pp. 2nd ed. Wilde's famous novel, adapted to the theater by Suzanne Mercet. (Although the author notes in the introduction: "Cette pièce n'est pas- une adaptation, c'est une transmutation de l'or pur du roman d Oscar Wilde en une matière dramatique aussi précieuse et aussi brillante, puisqu'il l'avait inconsciemment préparée." Very good in marbled boards, original wrappers present (with cover illustration by "Kit") #966 of an unknown edition Quite uncommon and likely the first dramatic presentation of Wilde's novel in France.
Privately Printed: Monaco (1961). oblong 4to. 1st Edition. Hardcover. The lavishly produced testament to Lopez-Wilshaw's extraordinary home in Neuilly sur Seine. Thirty original photographs by Jean Vincent of the interior decor and gardens are tipped into the text by Philippe Jullian. Printed in two colors on heavyweight Auvergne papers, red silk endpapers. One of 270 copies, this example is #163 with the printed name of the recipient Madame George Lillaz, a Parisian socialite. A near fine copy in cream linen boards, all tissue guards present (some a bit worn at edges). Laid into the box issued with the book, which is lightly worn.
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.