Bregenz und Thüringen (2014). 104pp. Bregenz und Thüringen (2010). 116pp. The ninth publication of papers delivered at the Norman Douglas Symposium in Bregenz in 2016, including essays on Douglas and his circle. Fine in blue wrappers.
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Philadelphia: CSM Press (2013). 198pp. A collection of Wilde's writings on dress and fashion, many of which have been inaccesible until now. The book contains generously annotated and illustrated chapters that analyze the importance of dress in the historical context of Wilde's career, together with a comprehensive review of the inspiration, trends, and source material that informed his philosophy. Fine in original boards, one of 100 numbered copies (#92).
Insterburg (1916). This large format vintage photograph (15" x 10.5') of an elegantly dressed man was made in February, 1916 by a professional photographer named Alphons Schmidt at his studio in Insterburg, Germany (now Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad). Blind-stamped with the photographer's name and address at bottom left, the photograph also bears marks on verso identifying the date. Very good in rustic wooden frame.
Three vintage still photographs from the film ¡Que viva México!, a project begun in 1930 by the Russian avant-garde director Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948). Intended as an episodic portrayal of Mexican culture and politics from pre-Conquest civilization to the Mexican revolution, the film was was beset by difficulties and was eventually abandoned. A version of the film was eventually released in 1979 in a highly edited form. Two of these images were published in Kenneth Macpherson's Close Up film review and bear editorial markings and notations in Macpherson's hand. See Eisenstein, The Principles of Film Form, Close Up, Vol. VII #3, p 176; 179. Very good with general wear, one image mounted on a card (the verso image was apparently rejected and bears an X). From the library of Kenneth Macpherson.
A vintage pen and ink drawing of a woman (or man) in profile wearing formal attire. Although unsigned, it bears an unmistakable likeness to works that he produced for one of the leading couturiers of the 1930s- he worked as a fashion illustrator for Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Nina Ricci. He was important in the development of design in the 1930s and 1940s, working with Jean-Michel Frank and Jean Cocteau on a number of projects. Very good on board (10.5" x 4 3/4"), evidence of tape at edges.
Editions Delahaye 2007. 4to 128pp. An exhaustive collection of the illustrator's work, which concentrated on scouting and boys' adventure series. Fin in wrappers, as issued. One of 200 copies.
London: Faber and Faber for the AIDS Crisis Trust (1991). folio. A collaborative abcderium created to raise money for the AIDS Crisis Trust orchestrated by Stephen Spender. British and American writers contributed texts to accompany Hockney's specially drawn alphabet. The written contributions are by Douglas Adams, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Patrick Leigh Fermor, William Golding, Seamus Heaney, David Hockney, Kazuo Ishiguro, Erica Jong, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Ian McEwan, Arthur Miller, Iris Murdoch, Nigel Nicolson, John Julius Norwich, Joyce Carol Oates, V. S. Pritchett, Craig Raine, Susan Sontag, Stephen Spender, John Updike, Anthony Burgess, Ted Hughes, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, and T. S. Eliot. Near fine in original yellow buckram, spine lettered in gilt on a dark blue background, cream endpapers. Signed by Hockney and Spender. Housed in the original light gray cloth slipcase with 26 colour drawings, one for each letter of the alphabet by Hockney.
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. Copy of Samuel Cottam, another Uranian poet with his penned and penciled notations throughout. Front endpaper has remains of a removed photograph or bookplate. Very good in original Italian paper boards, light bumping to corners, spine label missing, ttile page excised. See Rosenthal, An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan for a thorough examination of Slocum's work.
Portsmouth (2001). 16pp. Collection of homoerotic poetry first published anonymously in 1928 and here republished in a limited edition of 50 copies of which the copy offered is no. 6. The original edition was issued with a number of homoerotic photographs, not present in this edition. Fine in stiff yellow handsewn wrappers.
New York and Pawlet (Vt) 1947-1978. Thirty seven publications either printed or published by the legendary small press. Fredericks and Saul began the press in an abandoned basement in New York City in 1947 and Fredericks continued the work of the press after moving to Vermont to teach classics at Bennington College. For decades, Fredericks issued hand-set limited editions by writers such as Gertrude Stein, John Berryman, James Merrill, Gil Orlovitz, Stephen Spender, William Everson and Bernard Malamud. Fredericks also printed a number of smaller (although often lavish) publications as Christmas mementos and for gifts. This collection, assembled over many years, includes ephermal printing, as well as TLS from Fredericks. For a complete listing, please contact. As a teacher at Bennington, Fredericks's students included the novelist Donna Tartt, who modeled a character on Fredericks in The Secret History (1993) and dedicated The Goldfinch (2013), winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He was removed from his teaching post for a scandal involving a male student in 1992. His copious and neurotically maintained journals are on deposit at the Getty Center.
This male nude portrait is posed on a bed with several artworks on the wall. Although there is no attribution on verso, this comes from a collection of photographs that included many verified images by Platt Lynes. The image is dated "58" on verso along with an ink stamp of a hand. Please inquire for further details. Very good (7.5" x 9.5").
New York (1987). Vol.2 #1 (Summer). 4to. Quite rare example of a short-lived gay periodical in which artists contributed original material to be included. The home made production was limited to 100 copies bound in clear plastic sheets. The contributors included J. Dunn, Hokey Mokey, P. McCaffrey, S. McClure and numerous others. Very good in wrappers.
New York : Bibliogay.com, 2004. 85pp. The first edition of this compendium, illustrated. Fine in spiral binding.
Orioli was a Florentine bookseller best known for privately publishing the unexpurgated first edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover and for his long association with Norman Douglas. This photographic postcard (3 1/4" x 5 1/2") is inscribed "Best wishes from me and my cat/Pino"). On verso, the card is addressed to Robert Ullman and has a message dated "Xmas/1936". Very good, very light crease.
(c. 1930). A vintage original photograph of the world renowned actor, singer, scholar and political activist. (10 x 8”) from the collection of Kenneth Macpherson. The image is likely a still from the famed movie Borderline, the 1930 silent film primarily noted for its handling of the contentious issue of inter-racial relationships, using avant-garde experimental film-making techniques. Very good, a few small emulsion marks, signed by the photographer ("Shallit/NY"), crop marks on verso. the image was reproduced in the important photography journal, Close Up, which was edited by Macpherson and the Pool Group (including Bryher and HD). (See Vol. X #3, p.286.
Surry (1956). 144pp. 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, of which this is one. An uncommon collection of male photography and art with works by Boullet, Quaintance and Barrington. Very good in blue boards, dust jacket has light wear, closed tears and edgewear.
A collection of 104 instant photographs (Kodak) of naked young men, likely dating to the late 1970s. The images appear to have been taken by the same observer and include images of men in various states of arousal. The photographs were undoubtedly posed by the amateur photographer and the models are either reclining in bed or standing in a bedroom. All of the young men appear to be in their early 20s and there are several images of the photographer. These were likely mementos of sexual contacts taken in England in the late 70s or early 80s when Kodak instant cameras became available. Very good, there are three leatherette bindings and numerous loose photographs.
[Beverly Hills], [©1940]. 78pp. A self-published guide to astrology, with a number of amusing observations. Inscribed to the aesthete Baron Alexis de Rede on front pastedown: "To Alexis/with admiration/A true friend". Very good in green boards, a bit faded.