Faber & Faber London, 1945. A good copy in red boards, spine sunned. Mounted on front pastedown is a bookplate which is by Aubrey Beardsley for Thomas Edward Murphy. (See Lasner, The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley B23).
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Paris: Horizons de France (1929). 298pp. A collection of writings by Mario Meunier, Jean Giono, Alain-Fournier and others, illustrated throughout with head pieces by Gaston Goor. Very good in wrappers.
Montevideo: Fontanillas y González, Impresores . Uncommon novel by the Uruguayan writer. Very good in decorative wrappers, light wear and yellowing to pages. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper.
Buenos Aires: Talleres Graficos Juan Perrotti, (1930), 124pp. First edition of a curious study on the social causes of delinquency in the Argentine capital, with references to prostitution and sexuality. Very good in wrappers, spotting to prelims and foredge.
New York : G.W. Dillingham Co., 1899. 310pp. An odd novel about a stifled relationship between an actor and protege. From the author of the gay novel Marriage Below Zero published the following year. Very good in decorative boards.
Buenos Aires: Maucci Hermanos (1903). 288pp. Guide to sexual hygiene, as well as various mental and psychological problems. Good in marbled boards, a bit of spotting throughout, endpaper has closed tear. Uncommon.
Monte Carlo: Imp. Monagasque (1966). An original vintage poster (16" x 24") advertising the festival celebrating Monte Carlo's 100 year anniversary in 1966. Very good, printed in vivid colors, light wear and small tear to edges. Uncommon.
Paris: Flammarion (1953). A fine copy of this novel, one of 250 numbered copies printed on alfa, laid into a marbled paper and vellum slipcase and box.
New York (March 1935). Vol. 1 #1. 64pp. The first issue of a short-lived magazine dedicated to "answering modern sex problems". One essay helpfully identifies ways to cure homosexuality: "Every homosexual is a potential Dracula, a real vampire of his or her victim....." Very good in wrappers.
NP; NP (c 1827). 8vo. oblong (13.5 cm. x 20cm). A series of 16 hand-colored copper engravings (8" x 5.5") relating to the death and interment of Pope Pius VII and the election of Pope Leo XII (printed on rectos only). Three additional colored engravings depict Pope Leo XII and costumes of the religious order of Adoratrices. Original full limp vellum with printed vellum label on spine, tissue guards, in custom blue cloth clamshell case. Light toning to covers, damp staining to bottoms of several pages (not affecting images). Ex-collection Islay Lyons.
Lisboa : Livrarias Aillaud e Bertrand, [1928?] 304pp. Volume 3 of the Portuguese medical professor's treatise on various sexology matters. This volume is dedicated to sodomy, "sexual perversions," homosexuality and other matters. Maroon boards have some deterioration at top. Uncommon.
Madrid, La Novela de Hoy nº 106, 23 mayo 1924. Controversial novel about sexual improprieties, illustrated by the author. Very good in decorative wrappers, small closed tear at spine.
Coyote, San Francisco, 1966. First edition, very good in wrappers with light sunning to edges.
[Amsterdam] : Sub Signo Libelli, 1977. A beautifully presented collection of Cavafy's poems, one of 50 copies, fine in green wrappers. This example un-numbered.
New York: December 1941-Jan. 1942 (Volume 1, Nos. 9-10). 10pp. An early edition of the groundbreaking American surrealist magazine, issued in a newspaper format. Works by Tchelitchew, Joseph Cornell, Leonora Carrington. Very good, light edgewear, folded.
Playbill from the November 20, 1968 production of Alexander Cohen's "Marlene Dietrich" at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Arrangement by Burt Bacharach, conducted by Stan Freeman. The cover is signed by Dietrich, Freeman and several others and is in near fine condition. From the estate of Kenneth Macpherson and Islay Lyons.
Berlin, München: Eigenbrödler-Verl. (1919). 64pp. Forster was a German actor and dramaturge who contributed to Adolf Brand's influential gay magazine, Der Eigene in the 1920s. See Herrgemömoller, Mann für Mann @ 169. Good in illustrated wrappers with light wear, small closed tears at spine.
An original design for ceiling of the private theater at Charles de Beistegui's Château Groussay by the renowned architect and designer Alexander Serebriakov. Inspired by the Margravine Theatre in Bayreuth, the theater was designed by Emilio Terry and Serebriakov and had its opening in 1957. The preliminary design ( 22" x 29") is completed in pencil, watercolor and gouache and is monogrammed "AS" and dated October 15, 1954. From the collection of Albert Mazurier (1879-1965), painter of wall decorations who worked for Charles de Beistegui. Very good, some small closed tear at edges, light creases and a few light stains. Included is a collection of ALS relating to Chateau Groussay: - Card of invitation addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Mazurier by Carlos de Beistegui for a representation of the "Impromptu de Groussay" dated March 18th, 1957; -1 ALS letter of condolence by Alexander Serebriakoff dated September 15, 1965 (... I still remember, from my meetings (at Mr de Beistègui), your father and I was a great admirer of his talent! Not to mention the sympathy in the rare conversations we have, had on the art ... .dévoués Souvenirs " - 1 ALS signed by Charles de Beistégui dated September 6, 1965 expressing condolences on Mazurier's death. - Invoice concerning the decoration of the ceiling of Groussay addressed to Monsieur de Beistegui by Albert Mazurier - 1 ALS to Mr. Mazurier by Charles de Beistegui complaining of the high price of his achievements and referencing Emilio Terry as "mon frere." - 1 ALS by Charles de Beistégui confirming the order of two copies of paintings. -1 card of sympathy by Emilio Terry to Mazurier's daughter in original envelope on engraved stationary. -A copy of the January issue of Connaissances des Art, featuring the Groussay theater on the cover.
Paris: La Centaine (impr. Félix Lainé / lith. tirées par Eugène Marchizet) (1926). The complete suite of 52 woodblock images by Rouveyre, printed in sanguine. Very good in original wrappers, bound in brown buckram boards. Warmly inscribed by Rouveyre on endpaper to Adrienne von Tax (?).
Paris, La Centaine (1926). These 222 letters from Remy de Gourmont addressed to Natalie Clifford Barney during the years 1910 to 1915, serve, as the recipient wrote, both of "preface, comment and conclusion to Letters to the Amazon", published in 1914. Illustrated with 52 original lithographs by Rouveyre. One of 100 special copies on Japon, this example #3. Warmly inscribed by the illustrator, and signed by Edouard Champion and Natalie Barney on title page. Bound in 1/2 morocco, front panel very weak, light wear to boards, some light foxing on tissue guards.
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.
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.
Den Haag, Servire (1930). 96pp. The first issue of this radical literature magazine (three more issues would be issued, all in 1931). With poems and prose in English, French and German by Erik Reger, Ezra Pound, Macleod, Kay Boyle, Charles Henri Ford, S. Tretyakov, Carl Einstein, Paul Bowles, Solon R. Barber, Richard Johns. Macleod ( 1906-1985) was an American poet and editor and Front was his first editorial position. Very good in slightly browned covers.
Paris: Editions Prima (1931). 200pp. An illustrated guide to bohemian nightlife in Paris in the 1920s. One chapter "Hommes sans Femmes" describes several gay characters; others describe opium use and prostitution. Illustrated throughout by various hands, including Martin, Bugette and others. Very good in illustrated wrappers, light wear to spine. 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.