Athens: Metaichmio (2002), 4to. 283pp. An exhaustive survey (in Greek) of the great poet's life and work, with numerous illustrations and extracts from his work and letters. Cavafy's friend E. M. Forster introduced his poems to the English-speaking world in 1923, describing him as "a Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe." Cavafy's sensual poems are filled with the lyricism and emotion of same-sex love, inspired by recollection and remembrance. Very good in decorative stiff wrappers.
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London: Published by the author (1904). 131pp. Bertram Dobell (9 January 1842 – 14 December 1914) was an English bookseller, literary scholar, editor, poet, essayist and publisher. Warmly inscribed on front endpaper by the author. Very good in light green boards, light spotting to foredge.
Cambridge: University Press (1930). Very good in green boards, signed on the endpaper by the author . Laid in is a 2pp ALS from the author to "Hezeltine" dated 1930 in which Thornely discusses the book.
Paris: G. Auguier (1993). 59pp. Lady Iya Abdy was a famous model of the 1920s and 30s who married an English baronet and was immortalised by Man Ray, as well as George Hoyningen-Huene, Cecil Beaton, and Horst P Horst for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Very good in wrappers, numerous illustrations.
Harrison of Paris (1931). 25pp. The seventh publication of Harrison of Paris, translated by Monroe Wheeler, which recounts the death of Charles I's daughter (Louis XIV's sister-in-law), which the author had witnessed. A lovely little book bound in full vellum in the publisher's black paper-covered clamshell box titled in gilt. Printed on Iridescent Imperial Japan vellum, and limited to 325 copies. See, Ford, Published in Paris @335-36. The book and box are laid into a mailing envelope with Monroe Wheeler's penned notations and another notation in the hand of his longtime companion Glenway Wescott ("I don't suppose you want to provide Brooke [Astor] with this? Worthy of her or, the opposite"). Laid into the book is Wheeler's ex libris.
London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd (1914). 606pp. Millard's comprehensive bibliography of Wilde's work, which includes numerous illustrations and over one hundred reproductions of title-pages, manuscripts, etc. and unpublished cartoons by Aubrey Beardsley and Max Beerbohm. Very good in blue boards, light wear to head and tail of spine, top edge gilt, light spotting to foredge. Laid in is a review slip from the publisher and a 1p. ALS from Millard on Burlington magazine letterhead.
London: Print for Tho. Parkhurst, Tho. Cokerill and Benj. Alfop, (1680). Titus Oakes was a religious fanatic and conspiracy monger during the "Popish plots" in the late 17th century. He was also a known homosexual (expelled from several schools in his early life for sodomy) and was eventually found guilty of perjury in 1685. See Norton, R. Mother Clap's Molly House @34; Herrup, C. A House in Gross Disorder @128. In the 1630s, the sensational Castlehaven affair had whetted the appetites of those who equated homosexuality with the degeneracy of the Catholic church in England. Folio pamplet (31 x 20cm), sewn, but separated from a bound volume. pp. ,24,33-36. The jump in pagination is common to all copies & a printer's pagination error. Slightly frayed on the lower outer margins, light dampstain affecting upper inner margin first few leaves, otherwise very good. [Wing O41; Watt 713r].
[New York]: Éditions de la Vipère [1935?]. A collection of four short musical compositions by Bowles with lyrics by Richard Thoma, first performed in 1944. Bowles had traveled extensively in France and North Africa in the 1930s and was introduced to Thoma through the collaborationist Bernard Faÿ in 1931. (See, Sawyer- Laucanno. The Invisible Spectator a 98.) Éditions de la Vipère was Bowles's musical imprint and he published this and several of his own works in small editions of 100 copies. (See, Miller, In Touch- The Letters of Paul Bowles @575.) Laid in is an undated 1p. ALS from Jean Cocteau to Thoma ("I have a lot of trouble living. the biggest odds don't even pull me to the surface".) In 1930, Thoma joined Samuel Putnam's New Review as an associate editor and was involved in much of the New Review 's warfare against Edward Titus's conservative This Quarter. Thoma dedicated one of the poems in his rare collection Green Chaos to Cocteau and he was well known among the expatriates in Paris in the 1920s. Good in faded wrappers with wear and water stains to cover, tape repair to spine. Rare. Miller E6.
A group of ten original vintage photographs (c. 1960s) of young men in various outdoor poses taken my an unknown photographer. Various sizes (generally 8" x 10"). Each image bears a code number on verso along with the stamp of a pointing finger. They appear to date to the 1960s/70s and are in very good condition.
[197-?]. 23pp. Explicit text and line drawings. Very good in stapled wrappers, small stain to cover.
Body Beautiful Publications Bodybuilder Publications, Inc. Young Physique Publications, Union City, N.J., Union City, N.J., New York, N.Y., 1958. Six issues of the long running gay magazine, with numerous of male nudes (generally in posing straps) and essays on modeling. Included are: June 1960 (Vol. 2 #2); October 1960 (Vol. 2 #4); February 1961 ((Vol. 2 #6); June 1961 (Vol. 3#2); October 1961 (Vol. 3 #5); August/Sept. 1966 (Vol. 7 #2) along with The Young Physique Illustrated (Dec/Jan 1967; Vol. 5#5. Generally very good with light cover wear.
Nime (1991). Reprint of the 1905 edition. Very good in wrappers.
American Print. Co., Buenos Aires, 1918. 388pp. A full set of the important Argentinian journal of art and literature, which highlighted many prominent Spanish American writers, as well as provocative Symbolist and Decadent artwork by Alfredo Guido, Rodolfo Franco, Lopez Naguil and others. The contributors included Gabriela Mistral, Jose Rodo, Roberto Giusti ("La Amante de Petronio"), Bernard Shaw, Gabriele d'Annunzio and many others; issue #9 was devoted to young poets. See Lafleur, H.R., as revistas literarias argentinas, 1893-1967 (pp 85-88). Original wrappers not present, hinges starting, a few spots.
Gardone Riviera: Fondazione del Vittoriale (1981). Exhibition catalog of the wardrobe of the Italian dandy, Gabrielle d'Annunzio. Very good in wrappers.
London: Christies (1980). 155pp. Auction catalog of art, furniture, silver and pictures from Beaton's post-war residence in Wiltshire. 142 illustrations, and an essay by Richard Buckle. Very good in wrappers, a few penned notes to first page.
[c. 1907]. Daudet, son of the famous writer, was a student of Whistler's and a close friend of Marcel Proust, Jean Cocteau and many in the homosexual world in early twentieth century Paris. Perennially overshadowed by his successful father, he never achieved much success in art and literary circles. This is a photographic reproduction (Druet process) of his portrait of Cocteau, signed by Daudet, and surrounded by this dedication in Cocteau's hand: "May this image born of you be unceasingly, my dear Lucien, the echo of a tenderness, made of impulse, recognition, esteem, admiration, and of all that one usually distributes to several people. Jean ". The photograph is mounted to a board and Cocteau's inked inscription appears around the edge of the image. The original work is on display at the Maison de Jean Cocteau in Milly-la-Foret. (9.45" x 11.81").
Paris (1944). A collection of thirteen original etchings illustrating the terrors of the short-lived Paris Commune in 1871. Jullian's first (?) published collection of etchings, the edition was issued in only 50 copies (#32) and is signed by the illustrator on the colophon. Very good in a lightly worn printed paper portfolio, the images are laid into printed paper covers.
Paris: Edward Titus at the Sign of the Black Manikin (1928). 49pp. 8vo. Mary Butts (1890-1937) was an English modernist writer who published several novels and short stories. Imaginary Letters takes the form of eight letters addressed (by an unnamed narrator) to the imagined mother of Boris Polterasky, a White Russian exile living a bohemian life in Paris. The narrator loves Boris but it quickly becomes clear that Boris’s interest lies elsewhere. Illustrated with line drawings by her friend Jean Cocteau (his first illustrations for a book not his own). Very good in sand colored cloth with marroon label on spine and front panel, light soiling and sunning to boards, endpapers lightly foxed. One of 250 copies printed.