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, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. A very good example of his work, some wear to edges and paper, but very good otherwise. Unsigned, but with penciled notations in margin .(20" x 14").
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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, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. A very good example of his work, some wear to edges and paper, but very good otherwise. Unsigned.(20" x 14") pen and ink.
New York (1955). This original signed silkscreen serigraph work by Paul Cadmus was included in Donald Windham's short story, Servants with Torches. Issued in an edition of 100 copies for sale, this example is #32. Many copies were damaged by water and both the serigraph and book are uncommon. Very good (7" x 10"), signed by Cadmus at lower right.
Oxford: Thos. Shrimpton and Son (1878). 8vo. The first edition of Wilde’s first work published in book form and the winner of the Newdigate Prize Poem competition in 1878 that was awarded to students at the University of Oxford for the Best Composition in English verse. “During a vacation ramble in 1877 he started for Greece, [and] visiting Ravenna by chance on the way, he obtained material for a poem on that ancient city, and singularly enough ‘Ravenna’ was afterwards given out as the topic for the Newdigate competition” (The Aesthetic Movement in England by Walter Hamilton, 1882). The subject was to be confined to the study of the ancient Greek and Roman remains of architecture, sculpture, and painting that was to be written in heroic couplets. Wilde’s success was announced on June 10 and advertised in the Oxford University Gasette (viii, 293, p. 451) on June 18th. In the same issue it was announced that the winners will recite their prized entries at the Hall of New College. “One of the Professor’s [of Poetry] duties is to suggest textual improvements to the Winner of the Newdigate. The amendments proposed are usually accepted with gratitude; but there have been exceptions to the rule. Shairp suggested many improvements in Oscar Wilde’s Ravenna. Wilde listened to all suggestions with courtesy and even took notes of them, but he went away and printed the poem without making a single alteration in it” (The Academy, February 17, 1906). Mason 301. Foolscap 8vo. Original publisher’s printed wrappers (slightly toned at edges, else fine); folding hardcover chemise. Provenance: George Cukor (bookplate on chemise).
Barcelona : Tip. La Educación, 1943. Very good in wrappers- the cover wrapper has a printed image that is pasted to the cover.
San Francisco (1987). Recipes, writings, and illustrations of food, finely printed. Produced by a group of San Francisco restaurateurs to raise money for people fighting AIDS. Restaurants include: Campton Place, Chez Panisse, China Moon Cafe, Fleur de Lys, Fog City Diner, Fournou's Ovens, Greens at Fort Mason, Hayes Street Grill, The Mandarin, Pierre at Le Meridien, Rosalie's, Square One, Stars, and Zuni Cafe. Authors include: Marion Cunningham, Diana Kennedy, Gerald Asher, James Beard, M. F. K. Fisher, Richard Olney, Angelo Pellegrini, and Calvin Trillin. Artists include: Elmer Bischoff, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Hudson, Oliver Jackson, Deborah Oropallo, Irene Pijoan, Wayne Thiebaud, William Wiley. First Edition limited to 500 copies, 32 loose plates (9 x 13). Contributors include Chez Panisse, China Moon Café, Marion Cunningham, Arion Press, David Goines, Peter Koch, M.F.K. Fisher and others. Housed in a maroon portfolio with small closed tears to folds.
Bonn: Marcus & Webers Verlag (1919-20). A collection of essays on sexology, including one by the gay rights' advocate, Numa Praetorius (Eugene Wilhelm) "Das Liebesleben Lidwigs XIII von Frenkreich". Marcuse was an editor for Magnus Hirschfeld’s Journal of Sexology in 1919 and continued editing the journal until 1932. Very good in orange wrappers, light wear to rear covers, pages uncut, wear to spine.
Paris (15 Juillet 1909). 160pp. Issue Number 7 of this short-lived monthly literary review, considered one of the first gay magazines published. This issue contains works by Marcel Boulestin, H. Gauthier-Villars and numerous others, as well as artwork. Very good in original wrappers, browning to covers, wear and light loss to ends of spine.
München : Delphin-Verlag, . 150pp. Giese (1890-1935) was a German psychologist who dealt in particular with psychotechnology . Giese describes the differences between the ideals of beauty in America versus Europe and conjures a variety of explanations, including eugenics and various business models. deal with everything from victory in war to differences in business models. Very good in good (worn at edges with small tears, etc). Uncoommon.
Scrapbook prepared by Cecil Beaton over the period 1935-1944, with some later inclusions. Decorated paper over boards, cloth spine lettered "Scrap Book." 14 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches (35 x 20 cm); 50 ff., with mounted newspaper clippings (most poignantly those dealing with the death of his friend, the artist Rex Whistler), notes and letters received by Beaton (including a five-page letter from the poet and Surrealist Edward James, among others), telegrams and bills, fair copies in his hand (some extending for pages) of texts that interested him, etc. etc. Some leaves with evidence of extractions, some loose clippings, some later and unrelated material laid in at front. The sections in Beaton's hand include a three-quarter page section of observations on roses in art; a four-page copy of a work by Norah Lindsay "Summer Roses of Long Ago;" a sheet laid in with copies of four of Shakespeare's sonnets; and another with an unidentified quotation; and a typed sheet of musings on Beaton's 8 Pelham Place stationery (his London address). Beaton scrapbooks are rare in commerce. Sold with a copy of Beaton. The Art of the Scrapbook, Assouline/Knopf 2002.
Berlin: Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin (1920). 4to. A collection of erotic prints by Schoff, accompanied by Jouy's text. Volume II of "Der Venuswagen Collection" contains full page engraved illustrations plus a frontispiece illustration preceeding the title page. Decorated paper and parchment over board covers. Embossed title and author name on spine. Very good in parchment boards, light sunning to edges. First edition, published in 700 signed and numbered copies (#53).
London: Heinemann (1901). According to the closeted author's preface, this fantasy is set on an island hitherto inhabited by Lutherans, in a remote but temperate province of Northern Europe. Very good in white parchment binding, top edge gilt. Bookplate of collector Herbert Boyce Satcher on front pastedown.
Paris: Printed for the author (1892). 4to. 493pp. The author's first publication, a collection of symbolist verse, which, according to the author "undoubtedly...contains the most of myself." Montesquiou adopted the bat as his personal symbol and used images of bats in correspondence and writings throughout his life; he reputedly kept a bat as a pet in a lacquer cage in his first Paris apartment. This is the first edition, limited to 100 copies, with shimmering silver gray silk lined boards and yellow silk endpapers with a design of flying bats, crescent moons and stars. James Whistler, upon receiving his copy of the book, noted "The beautiful volume has reached us!- and seems to us more marvelous than ever." "The pale blue silk of the cover...recalled the colour of one of Whistler's Nocturnes, according to Rodenbach, who in Le Figaro gushed over this 'magnificent edition' of the poems written be Montesquiou, this 'gentleman of letters, ' devotee of beautification in all areas of life." ( See Silverman, The New Bibliopolis: French Book Collectors and the Culture of Print, 1880-1914, pp. 159-164). A good copy, the cover silk is a bit tattered and worn, wear and browning to foredge, top edge gilt.
Paris: G. Lèbre (1903). 20pp. Uncommon production by the arch-esthete of the decadent era, with poems for each month, along with numerous illustrations of bats by Antonio de la Gandara. Bats had become the author's leitmotif and were incorporated into many of his artworks and collectibles. Very good in stiff wrappers, bookplate of Robert Bernard inside front cover, inscribed by Montesquiou on front free endpaper, one signature loose.
Berlin, Fischer (1925). The first complete text of Wilde's De Profundis translated into German by Max Meyerfeld. Roger Senhouse's copy with his signature and date (1925) on front pastedown. The front endpaper and pastedown contain extensive annotations about the history of the publication of the book, noting Robert Ross's involvement in suppressing much of the text. Very good in buckram boards, some wear at edges, spine a bit dulled.
[NP] : Vigilante Office, 1918. "Published by subscription only" Billing's weekly paper, Vigilante, had reported on an alleged book compiled by German spies describing homosexual debauchery in England, listing 47,000 names, many in high places. Billing further claimed that the names of the members of this immoral group have been compiled into a list by German authorities, who have been using this information as leverage against them in an attempt to demoralise the British public and thereby weaken the war effort. A subsequent report on Maud Allan's performances in Oscar Wilde's Salome gave rise to this trial. Very good in buckram boards, some wear to spine and edges, front hinge starting. Quite rare. See Philip Hoare's Oscar Wilde's Last Stand- Decadence, Conspiracy, and the Most Outrageous Trial of the Century.
Portrait of a tattooed model in a studio wearing briefs gazing downward. Vintage silver gelatin print on Velox paper, image size, 4 1/4"" x 6 1/2", mounted to card. [c. 1930]. The matte has some staining and foxing but the image is in very good condition. Please inquire for other works by the photographer. Montague Glover (1898 – 1983) was a British freelance architect and private photographer. He is most notable for his depiction of homosexual life in London during the early to mid-20th century through private photographs taken primarily for his own enjoyment. His photographs tend to document 'rough trade', the working class and members of the military. See Gardiner, A Class Apart - The Private Pictures of Montague Glover (1992). His work is rarely seen in trade as the great majority of his work is held in a major private collection.
Paris: Heugel, . 4to. Léon Delafosse (1874 – 1951) was a French composer and pianist, generally considered the model for the character of Charles Morel, a violinist portrayed in Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time. He had been an intimate in the Proust/Montesquiou circle and had his portrait painted by John Singer Sargent in The charming young pianist was nicknamed "the Angel," and was a favorite attraction at the salons of the most elite patrons of music in both Paris and London until he fell out of favor with Proust and his friends. This musical score was created at the height of his success and friendship with Montesquiou, whose poems include "Mauve" and "Baiser" (dedicated to Proust). Good in original decorative wrappers, small closed tears at edges, foxing throughout. This is the dedication copy, warmly inscribed on endpaper by Delafosse to his patron Montesquiou in December of 1894. Bound with Poème des mois, calendrier de Robert de Montesquieu, mis en musique par Raoul Brunel (Paris : A. Leduc, . The musical scores are dedicated to a number of Montesquiou's society friends, including the Comtesse Greffulhe and the Comtesse Jean de Castellane and others.
Paris: Imprimerie nationale 1923. 4to. 179pp. The only published work by the author was the daughter of Count Henry Greffulhe and his wife, Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay (said to be a model for the Duchess of Guermantes in Marcel Proust’s novel, À la recherche du temps perdu). Proust attended her wedding in 1904 and his appearance was apparently caught on film. Robert de Montesquiou, a cousin, has contributed an introduction. Very good in marbled wrappers, light wear. Quite rare with only two institutional copies located.
Paris: Salt & Cedar (2021). A boxed artist's multiple, les années 20, that features the addresses of a dozen luminaries inhabiting the Left Bank in the 1920's, printed as slim calling cards with one-line addresses. A hand-typeset ‹key› reveals the studios and salons of Sylvia Beach, Man Ray, James Joyce, Zelda & F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas and others in their networks, along with the names of the rare fonts used. All wrapped in a vintage Japanese gossamer. Printed on a FAG Swiss proofing press. Contents laid into a bespoke box produced in Stockholm. One of 140 copies issued by this creative press.
Montrouge : Draeger frères, 1924. — In-folio. 312: (4 ff. First white), 11 plates, illustrated cover. In sheets, under shirt with jacket adorned with a typographic decoration. Prestigious catalog glorifying the graphic arts industries through a leading collaboration between the printer Draeger, the writer Jean Cocteau and the artist Charles Martin. The text is a treasure trove of typographic presentation and calls out to advertisers to encourage them to have Draeger catalogs edited. It is followed by 11 boards designed by Charles MARTIN (1884-1934) in the purest Art Deco spirit. "This catalog is the perfect celebration, never equaled, of the publishing professions, as well as one of the most prestigious DRAEGER albums" (Forney exhibition 1988, n ° 82). A few spots and pitting on the dust jacket and a few small freckles scattered on the boards.
Zurich: Der Kreis. various dates (1950-1958). Individual copies of the magazine: Jan (1950); May (1951); June (1951); July (1951); September (1951); February (1952); May (1952); June (1952); August (1952); September (1952); April (1954); May (1954); August (1954); December (1954); December (1955); February (1956); June (1956); August (1956); September (1956); October (1956); November (1956); March (1957); July (1958) Published in German, French and English and contained articles on literature, art and culture and each edition contained photographs and artwork, many by renowned artists. Artwork by George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, George Platt Lynes, Jean Boullet and stories by James Barr, Michael Kuzmin and others. In Hubert Kennedy's book The Ideal Gay Man, which chronicles the history of Der Kreis, Kennedy describes the magazine as having been "the world's most important journal promoting the legal and social rights of gay men" for much of its publication period and one of very few such journals in Europe at the time.Additionally, it remains the only gay publication to include editorial content in three languages. (Wikipedia) In 2014, the magazine's history was documented in a Swiss docudrama film eponymously titled The Circle. The film, which features a mix of historical footage from the 1950s and dramatizations of events, won the Teddy Award and the Panorama Audience Award in the documentary category at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Priced individually @ $30.