Northfield (1965). Contributions from Brainard, Padgett, Breton and others. Very good ins stapled wrappers.
Mother, New York (1966). #7. Cotributions from Ashbery, Joe Brainard, Ed Sanders, Kenneth Koch and numerous others. Very good in stapled wrappers.
Buffalo: Mother (1967). #8. Uncommon literary journal of the 1960s with contributions from Ed Sanders, Roon Padgette, John Wieners and many others.
London : John F. Shaw and Co., . 383pp. An historical novel about Gavestone, the favorite of King Edward II. It was alleged by medieval chroniclers that Edward II and Piers Gaveston were lovers, a rumour that was reinforced by later portrayals in fiction, such as Christopher Marlowe's late 16th-century play Edward II. An uncommon book, very good in illustrated boards, with light wear.
(Rennes - Ouest Eclair - 1924 ). This cookery book of 800 recipes bears the ownership signature of Richard Olney on front endpaper. Very good in browned wrappers, rebound in maroon buckram. Olney's signature appears on front endpaper.
Toulon, G. Mouton 1927 (3rd). This collection of Provencal recipes bears the signature of Richard Olney on endpaper (along with the stamp of Time-Life books). Original wrappers present, rebound in maroon buckram.
Lisbao: Olisipo (1922). The second edition of these controversial poems, many of which are explicitly homosexual in content and which created a furor when published in this ediiton. The previous year, Botto had published the first edition of the poems, which were largely ignored until his friend Fernando Pessoa issued the present edition under his Olisipo imprint and publicly praised the poems. Conservatives reacted strongly against the poems, calling them "sodom's literature" and the book was banned by the authorities in 1923. Catholic college students clamored for a burning of the book, but Botto refused to apologize for his work. Botto was openly homosexual throughout his life and later struggled to survive by writing children's books and short essays. Pessoa, Portugal's pre-eminent modernist literary figure, considered Botto the only Portuguese poet worthy of the label "aesthete" and, as a critic and publisher, championed his work. Pessoa translated the poems into English, which were eventually published in 1948 (see below). To publicize the book, Pessoa wrote a provocative article, published in the journal Comtemporânea, (see below) praising the author’s courage and sincerity for shamelessly singing homosexual love as a true aesthete. Pessoa's article prompted the critic Alvaro Maia to excoriate Botto’s work, which was then followed by another article by Raul Leal (an openly homosexual writer, friend of Pessoa). Conservatives reacted and complained to the authorities about the work’s immorality ("Sodom's literature") and the book was confiscated by the authorities in 1923. The Liga de Acção dos Estudantes de Lisboa [Lisbon Students Action League], a Catholic college students group (lead by Pedro Teotónio Pereira) clamored for an auto-da-fé of Botto's book and someone even suggested the author should be hanged. Nevertheless, most artists and intellectuals promptly took up his defence in several polemic articles. Eventually, the scandal subsided, the next year the ban was lifted and until the end of his life Botto would publish several revised versions of the book. His work was applauded by Antonio Machado, Miguel de Unamuno, Camilo Pessanha, Virginia Woolf, Teixeira de Pascoaes, José Régio, Luigi Pirandello, Stefan Zweig, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce and Federico García Lorca. A very good copy in the original printed wrappers, with the original frontispiece photograph of the author, bound in later marbled boards. A laudatory review of Botto's work by Jayme de Balsemão appears at the end of the book. His work has been widely praised by fellow writers, including James Joyce among others. See also, Leal, Sodoma Divinisada, (see below) which praises Botto's courage for writing about gay subjects.
Paris: L'édition d'art H. Piazza (1933). This classic guide to French gastronomy is illustrated by numerous plates. Introduction by Sacha Guitry. Very good in buckram boards with light wear, original wrappers present (front wrapper is soiled on foredge) Richard Olney's copy, with his signature on endpaper and his occasional marks in the margins of some recipes.
Paris: Librairie Henri Aniere (1928). 650pp. The classic book of French cuisine, illustrated throughout by line drawings of assorted preparations. This copy bears the penciled signature of noted American cook and food writer Richard Olney on the front endpaper, as well as the bookplate of the doyenne of English cooking, Elizabeth David. Olney and David were close friends and the book was no doubt a gift to Olney. A fair/good copy, red boards a bit marked, head of spine has small tears, front hinge splitting.
Paris: 1939. 34pp. The first French translation (by Henri Parisot) of this work, issued in an edition of 150 copies. Very good in original wrappers, occasional light spotting. Uncommon.
Paris Issue 6: 15 Juin (1909). FERSEN, Jacques d'Adelsward. Akademos: Revue Mensuelle d'Art Libre et de Critique. Paris Issue 5: 15 Mai 1909. . Akademos: Revue Mensuelle d'Art Libre et de Critique. Paris (15 Janvier 1909). 160pp. Issue Number 5 of this short-lived monthly literary review, considered one of the first gay magazines published. Very good in original wrappers, light browning and edgewear, occasional spotting.
Paris Issue 5: 15 Mai 1909. Akademos: Revue Mensuelle d'Art Libre et de Critique. Paris (15 Janvier 1909). 160pp. Issue Number 5 of this short-lived monthly literary review, considered one of the first gay magazines published. Very good in original wrappers, light browning and edgewear, occasional spotting.
[Minusio] : Edizioni del Comune di Minusio (2011). 93pp. A heavily illustrated exhibition catalog of the life and work of Elisar von Kupffer and his lover Edward Mayer. His former home in Minusio was largely destroyed by municipal authorities in recent years and now houses traveling exhibitions of unrelated material. Fine as issued.
Paris: Figuiere . 30pp. A short play script/poem about a romantic drama among two men and a women. Bound in handmade boards, title written on cover, long inscription by the author on endpaper, along with an original drawing adhered to front pastedown, tassled thread, bookplate of Octave Chavaillon. Laid in at rear is a 4pp (1 sheet folded) printed collection of five sonnets entitled "Antinous", each of which are initialed by the author, who has also inscribed and numbered the collection. A curious publication-we can find no example in any institution, nor any other works published by the author.
Upsala: Esaias Edquist (1880). 38pp. Carl Pontus Wikner (19 May 1837 - 16 May 1888) was a famed Swedish lecturer in philosophy and is considered one of the founders of the homosexual liberation movement in Sweden. Against the argument that homosexuality is unnatural, he answered that only that which according to the laws of nature cannot occur is unnatural. And nothing is bad which does not injure or harm any person. He pleaded to all future readers to give homosexuals the right to get married. Very good in original wrappers, small closed tears to covers. Rare.
Graz: Neugebauer (2017. 363pp. An extensive collection of letters between these close friends, covering the 1920s-30s, with a preface by Michael Allen. Fine as issued.
Paris (1939). An issue of the bi-monthly libertarian newspaper, edited by E. Armand (pen name of Lucien-Ernest June) that advocated for sexual freedom. Contributors included Eugène Bizeau, Madeleine Pelletier and Han Ryner. Included in this issue is a sympathetic article by Jean Boileau entitled "Notes pour une étude sur l'uranisme." Covers a bit yellowed, but otherwise good.