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The male nude is photographed from the rear, posing next to a painting by Pavel Tchelitchew (9 1/2" x 7.5"). Although unattributed, this work resembles the works taken by the PaJaMa photographers (Paul Cadmus, Jared and Margaret French). Very good, with ink stamp on verso of a pointing finger and an inventory number (#57).
Kassel bei G. Württenberger (1868). 37pp. Number 6 of Ulrichs pamphlets, highly important, very scarce. The first of Ulrichs´s pamphlets to be published under his own name. Featuring his speech on 29 August 1867 when he became the first homosexual to speak out publicly in defense of homosexuality pleading at the Congress of German Jurist in Munich for a resolution urging the repeal of anti-homosexual laws. Condition: generally in good condition, spine worn, internally fine, only very occasionally some foxing and a little dusty; see.
Paris: Edition du Monument. Paris (1908). This lavish edition of Lorrain's classic decadent novella dedicated to the master designer Rene Lalique, illustrated throughout by O. D. V. Guillonnet. Lorrain was openly gay, often citing ancient Greece as noble heritage for homosexuality and became colloquially known as 'The Ambassador from Sodom.' Very good in full morocco boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, spine lightly sunned. This one is one of the tete de l'edition (#4) of 25 copies on Japan Shidzuoka initialled by the publisher, Fernand Ferroud. Ex libris P. Brunet. Tipped in to the text is a 1 page holograph letter from Lorrain to Jérôme Doucet.
Paris: Éditions de la Galerie Simon [Kahnweiler](1921). 28pp. The precocious writer's first work, which was published when he was only 18 years old. Les Pélican, one of Kahnweiler's most elegant publications, is a two-act satirical play accompanied by Laurens' whimsical, cubist illustrations which capture the absurdist tone of the play. The play was performed for the first time on May 24, 1921 at the Théâtre Michel in Paris to much acclaim. Radiguet, a true enfant terrible, was a protege of Jean Cocteau until his untimely death in 1923 at the age of 19. Very good in custom full blue morocco binding, marbled end papers, with original paper cover mounted at rear. Number 80 of 100 printed copies on Holland laid paper, signed by Radiguet and Laurens. Includes 7 original engravings (one of the tipped in front cover and 2 full page) by the French sculptor and illustrator Henri Laurens (1885-1954).
Garcia Monge: San Jose de Costa Rica (1923). 150pp. A collection of short essays on a variety of subjects by the Uruguayan writer, some of which were extracted from earlier publications. Very good in leather boards, light brownign to endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author to Enrique Canepa on endpaper.
Berlin: Eckstein . Fuchs was a prolific writer on issues related to homosexuality and was one of the very few people of his era to openly declare his homosexuality during the Wilhelmine era. One of the founding members of Adolf Brand's Gemeinschaft der Eigenen, he was praised for his openness by Magnus Hirschfeld in the Jahrbuch für sexuelle Zwischenstufen in 1903. See Keilson-Lauritz, Dis Geschichte der eigenen Geschichte; Eldorado 1984 @ 49; Hergmöller, Mann für Mann @ 257-58. Very good in decorative wrappers, light edge wear.
Berlin: Michow (1907). 63pp. One of the few contemporaneous accounts of the dramas surrounding the Eulenburg/Moltke scandal. Both men were members of Kaiser Wilhelm II's inner circle and the ensuing scandal had long lasting effects on the gay rights movement in Europe. The affair received wide publicity and is often considered the biggest domestic scandal of the German Second Empire. It led to one of the first major public discussions of homosexuality and was the first occasion that the word "homosexual" was introduced into common usage. Good in stapled wrappers, pages a bit browned, light loss at spine.
Stockholm: Svanbäcks Boktryckeri (1890). 4to. 67pp. Carl von Platen was a Swedish dilettante nobleman and an amateur photographer who took provocative photographs of young men posing in dresses and swimwear. This penchant led to his being prosecuted for indecency in 1903 and his photographs were seized by the authorities. Thereafter, he spent a period in a private nursing home, then traveled around Europe and wrote travelogues. In 1918, Von Platen was arrested by the police for the second time in Malmö, when he tried to kiss a boy in the Kramer hotel elevator. This edition, a travelogue of sorts, contains 18 photographic images of various locations he encountered in his travels Limited to 100 copies, several penciled corrections to the text, light wear to boards.
Paris: Mercure de France (1904). 2nd. 352pp. An interesting presentation copy of this collection of Stendahl's work inscribed from John Singer Sargent to Vita Sackville-West. Below Sargent's penciled inscription to Sackville West on the front endpaper is an ink notation in her hand in French, which notes that the book was presented to her by Sargent whilst she sat for a portrait. It appears that Sackville-West disliked the finished portrait so much that it was destroyed, and replaced with another in charcoal which was thought sufficiently flattering. Very good in contemporary green morocco binding, monogram to upper cover in gilt (V.S.), original wrappers present, light browning, slight chipping to one or two leaves, brown morocco endpapers. An amusing association copy.
An important collection of art notebooks and related ephemera created by the British artist Gerald Leet (1913-1998). Leet was an accomplished artist and teacher who became a War Artist and later "Artist to the Queen Mother." The collection includes scores of small watercolours mainly from the 1920's of people and scenes and both the image and the captions often providing a humorous insight. These early works cover the period when he was a student at Goldsmiths and later at the Royal College of Art. During WWII Leet spent much of his time in South Africa and Egypt and there are a number of very well crafted "architectural" style drawings and watercolours from this period. Later he came to the attention of Lord Wavell, Viceroy of India and it was Wavell who arranged his appointment as official war artist in New Delhi. It seems his strength as a "head and shoulder" craftsman was particularly important and most of the images from this period (all in a separate "notebook" ) are pen drawings of head and shoulder of Indian and other troops etc. . Denton Welch portrayed Leet (as Marcus Lynch) in his most famous novel "A Voice Through a Cloud". His work for the Queen later Queen Mother (sketches of her Staff) earned him temporary accommodation at Windsor Castle. Over 375 individual paintings or sketches, in 5 sketch books, generally very good.