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NP (1789). 8pp. A quite rare evolutionary pamphlet which violently lambasts "sodomites". The writer frames his assault on the "execrable, unworthy race" of bardaches as a "Hymn au Con." ("bardache" was a word implying a male prostitute or catamite.) A number of such pamphlets appeared during this period, including Les Enfants de Sodome à l’Assemblée nationale, which appeared the following year. These vitriolic works were often used as political tools to discredit former elites and to make them appear depraved. See Merrick, Homosexuality in Modern France. Pastorello, La sodomie masculine dans les pamphlets révolutionnaires. Pia Enfer, 1004; Gay-Lemmonyer III, 444. Very good in 1/4 morocco binding, marbled boards and endpapers, light wear to edges. Quite rare.
[Paris 1899].16pp. The Victorian-era erotic pamphlet detailing the exploits of twelve year old Maud and her incestuous relationship with her father. The tale is set on a Southern plantation with twelve slaves, some of whom are eventually led into the erotic entanglements of young Maud. The story ends with her father engaged in carnal intercourse with her and one of the male slaves simultaneously. Very good in original pale green wrappers, light sunning to edges. The work is quite rare, with no institutional copies and only a passing reference [P35] in Mendes (Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English 1800-1930: A Bibliographical Study).
Bruxelles (1942). 131pp. sm. 4to. A curiously uncommon edition of this erotic classic, illustrated with ten explicit images and eight chapter drawings, several of which are explicitly homosexual. One of 500 numbered copies, very good in wrappers, chemise and slipcase, which has some light cracking. The edition was issued for "subscribers only" but we can find, nor any indication of the identity of the illustrator. Apollinaire published the work in 1907, a fictional story of the Romanian hospodar Prince Vibescu Mony, in which the author explores all aspects of sexuality. The book has remained in print since its publication and has been translated into many languages. Dutel 2109.
Dresden: E. Piersons Verlag (1901). 161pp. An early German novel with a strong undercurrent of homosexuality, wherein the protagonist strives for "high ideals" and exaggeratedly rejects females "before it degenerates into unnatural passion". Baron Baillou published several books on esthetics and philosophy, but is largely unknown. Very god in contemporary marbled boards, wear and short tears to linen spine. Quite rare.
Paris: Collection Précieuse (ND). 222pp. Another of Bandol's novels about modern sexual vices, with gay and lesbian content. Colorful frontispiece illustration seven additional un-attributed drawings in the text. The "Librairie Précieuse " sticker appears on the title page and spine covering the Librairie Artistique imprint, although the page counts on the two editions is not the same. Very good in original wrappers, wear to spine and covers and some pages roughly opened. Uncommon.
Bergamo: Lubrina (1997). 295pp. The first Italian translation of this gay classic, originally published in Danish in 1904 and later adapted to film and the stage. Much admired by Thomas Mann and Alfred Hitchcock the 1924 film is considered an important early work in gay silent cinema. Brilliantly illustrated by Mirando Haz, this is one of 200 special signed and numbered copies with an original signed etching by the illustrator. Near fine in paper slipcase.
The artist, a bi-sexual Englishman, was one of the more prominent purveyors of nude male magazines and photographs in the post-war period, some of which earned him time in prison. He published magazines such as "Man to Man" and "Golden Boys" and assorted others, but he also self-published several books with more serious allusions, such as the "Superb Youth," series which attempt to cross the line into more conventional "artist's books." Notwithstanding this pretense, the books contain a wealth of well-endowed and quite attractive young men in assorted provocative poses. This profile portrait on “scraper board” measures 15.25” x 12”, signed “JB ’59” at lower left, a few light surface cracks.
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. This is a pen and ink drawing on board of one of his favorite models "Tibor," who appeared in many of his publications. The lower right bears the letter "P" and the date of 1964 and the name "Tibor" appears at both the bottom right and left. There is considerable water staining at the edges but the image itself is not affected.
Two small photographs, one of Sylvia Beach and her longtime lover, Adrienne Monnier seated outside in a country setting ( "inked "49" on verso) and another of Beach's country retreat with a penned notation at bottom: "chalet de Sylvia Les Déserts Savoie". The latter is worn at edges with small loss at corners. Along with the following material: A membership card to the Société des Amis de Léon-Paul Fargue (dated 1950) with the inscribed name of Beach and her bookstore address (likely in her own hand); a folded invitation bearing Beach's name, inviting her to attend an exhibition of the work of Fargue on the 5th anniversary of his death; a publicity card for an Hommage a Léon-Paul Fargue; a copy of Correspondence Revue (dec., 1928) containing the essay "Le Théatre Élisabéthain" which pears a notation in the hand of Mauirice Saillet, along with her signature on first page.
NP: Aux dépens d'un amateur (1923) . 163pp. Beranger's erotic poetry is presented with 16 quite explicit hand-colored engravings, several of which are explicitly homoerotic. One of 250 numbered copies on vélin blanc de Montgolfier. Although not mentioned, the artist is Virot. An uncommon and outstanding book of erotic imagery. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to head and tail of spine. Pia 202. Dutel 1193.
London: Mandrake Press (1929). 4to. 164pp. Hardcover. Reprinted from teh original English edition with an Introduction by KH Josling and numerous color illustrations by M. Leone. One of 550 numbered copies. Bound in full green parchment, all edges gilt, cover gilt design. A Lovely copy with sunning to spine.