NP:ND [c. 1928]. The exceedingly rare publication by the author of Men and Boys: An Anthology, one of only three copies known to exist (the British Library and the Kinsey Institute copies being the others). Consisting of 35 original photographs of youthful male nudes, each tipped on to blank pages accompanied by various poems tipped on to the facing page. This example is from the collection of Herbert Boyce Satcher, a protege of Slocum’s and appears to have been created especially for him (#12). See Rosenthal, An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan: Edward Mark Slocum @ 36. Along with three empty bindings from the Satcher collection, all of which have Slocum’s pseudonym “Edmund Edwinstone” printed on the spine: “Filii Amoris”; Lads’ Law” and “Themselves”. Edwinstone was the pseudonym used by Slocum on a limited number of copies of Men and Boys and these rather lavish bindings apparently held further private photographs, all of which were removed at some point. Bound in the same Italian paper over boards as used in Men and Boys, very good with light wear to spine and boards, title page and first signature loose, front hinge starting, corners lightly bumped.
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 (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.
Berlin: Schildberger (1904). 460pp. An important German novel about the friendship of two boys, Herbert who is gay and Erich, who cannot reciprocate these feelings. After being rebuffed several times, Erich is ridiculed for declaring his love in a poem and eventually commits suicide. Praised by Edward Prime-Stevenson in his master work The Intersexes as "a book that in psychologic study, serious purpose and literary quality in general is among the best on the topic." (@320). A beautiful copy in near pristine condition, decorative cover and end-papers.
Mother, New York (1966). #7. Cotributions from Ashbery, Joe Brainard, Ed Sanders, Kenneth Koch and numerous others. Very good in stapled wrappers.
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.
Bruxelles: Imprimerie particulière (1925). The original edition of these three erotic poems appeared under a false date and publisher in 1923 in an edition of 150 copies. This edition is limited to 30 copies (#18) and contains the controversial Sonnet du Trou du Cul. Not listed in Pia, nor do we find any institutional copies. Very good in paper wrappers, lightly browned, a few small stains to prelims.
McMinville: Booktryst (2017). 54pp. Recollections of the legendary Martin Stone, bookscout extraordinaire and dear friend. Essays by Michael Moorcock, Marianne Faithfull, Barry Humphries, Peter B. Howard, Sylvia Beach Whitman, Ed Maggs, Jeremy Reed, and others. A beautiful production, designed and printed by Alastair Johnston at Poltroon Press, with an engraved frontispiece portrait by Frances Butler (after a photograph by Linda Moorcock), and signed by both Johnston and Butler. One of 125 numbered copies, fine in slipcase, as issued.
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.
A collection of 12 vintage postcards of young male Arab boys, most of which bear a designation by Lehnert & Landgrock, who popularized such images in the early years of the twentieth century. All are in very good condition, several bear inscriptions on versos and most bear the firm's stock number. Severl bear titles, such as "Jeune Arab", "Cairo- The little Shoeblack", etc.
New York (1924). 83pp. The first, and extremely uncommon, anthology of homosexual literature to be published in America. The author, a professional chemist and graduate of Columbia University, compiled the anthology anonymously and remains somewhat of a mystery today. His identity has been revealed by the research of several scholars (notably Timothy d'Arch Smith and Donald Mader) and the story of the anthology has been discussed in the only reprint of the edition (Coltsfoot Press, 1978). The anthology commences with works from ancient Hebrew literature and progresses throught the poetry of the 1920s. Included are a selection of known Uranian poets, such as Digby Mackworth Dolben, Edward Cracroft Lefroy, Edward Emmanuel Bradford, John Gambril Nicholson, John Moray Stuart-Young, Edmund John, "Philebus" (John Leslie Barford) and John Addington Symonds. But there are also some surprising contributions from more traditional poets, such as Ernest Myers, William Alexander Percy, James Fennimore Cooper, Jr., Victor Starbuck, Katherine Mansfield, Willard Wattles as well as the anthologist himself. Described by Timothy d'Arch Smith as a "startingly thorough and well-informed anthology" it remains a classic in the field of gay literature and a cornerstone of collecting in the field. According to a prospectus issued by the anthologist, the book was issued in an edition of 150 copies, but relatively few are known to exist. This is a very good copy with the original uncommon half-title page (referencing the author's pseudonym and identifying the work as a scholarly dissertation), a few penciled notations in text. Laid in is a 1pp typescript of three poems that are included in the text on page 64, perhaps by Slocum. This copy bears an inscription from the author to Herbert Boyce Satcher (signed "E.E." [his pseudonym Edwin Edwinstone]). Satcher and Slocum were friends and shared similar homosexual interests. See Rosenthal, An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan for a thorough examination of Slocum's work.
London: The Academy Publishing Company (1909). 30pp. The first collection of these sonnets, which include one dedicated to his soon to be estranged wife Olive Custance. Good in buff paper boards, bookplate on pastedown, some staining and wear to covers. Warmly inscribed to Christopher Jarchow (in 1931). Custom chemise and slipcase.
London: Chatto & Windus (1874). 319pp. The first edition of these South sea tales collected over several summers, with illustrations by Wallace McKay. Very good in scarlet morocco boards, raised bands, gilt edges, marbled end-papers, signature on end-paper, light foxing to end-papers and scattered throughout.
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).