Frankfurt (1590-1594). This enthralling engraving is from Theodor De Bry's significant historical work Grands Voyages. This from the first edition, Latin issue with this particular engraving being published in Frankfurt between 1590 and 1592 for de Bry by Sigismund Feyerabend. Grands Voyages is considered one of the most remarkable collections of voyages published in the Age of Discovery. Believed to be the first representation of homosexuality ever printed, the engraving depicts a gory scene of eight Spanish conquistadores watching their dogs kill a group of Indians. Balboa set his dogs on forty to fifty people of Quarequa described as being “dressed as women” (Martyr 1912 :285), or having committed the nefarious sin (pecado nefando). See https://www.colorado.edu/genders/2016/05/19/los-huecos-negros-cannibalism-sodomy-and-failure-modernity-tierra-firme. The text includes the following statement: "Greatly astonished he [Balboa] ...understood that the kinglet and all of his courtiers were smitten by that abominable crime against nature so stunned him ...that he went up to forty of the savages, bade them all be seized and bringing in the dogs he ordered the savages be torn to pieces." Very good, light wear and yellowing, small holes. 9" x 13". Rare.
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London: David Nutt in the Strand (1894). 168pp. The only published prose collection by the eccentric Estonian count, a highly praised collection of macabre stories. Stenbock, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde, was "bizarre, fantastic, feverish, eccentric, extravagant, morbid and perverse" according to Arthur Symons and many others shared similar thoughts about the gay poet, whose life ended the year following publication of this collection at age thirty-five. See Adlard, Stenbock, Yates and the Nineties; Young 3631* A good copy of a quite rare book with cover illustration by the author, light cover wear, corners lightly bumped, front cover a bit darkened, rear cream boards lightly stained. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 401. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 104. See Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-227. Bleiler (1978), p. 186. Reginald 13606.
New York: Harrington (1990). Near fine in wrappers. Inscribed by the author.
Berlin: Gmunder (1985). Fine in wrappers.
San Francisco: Perineum (1984). Fie in wrappers, inscribed by the author.
Lionel Wendt (1900-1944) was a modernist Sri Lankan photographer and the leader of ‘43 Group. Gelatin silver print, circa 1935-1940. 13 1/2 " x 11". From the artist's studio; by descent to the present owner. Christie's 2002. Wendt's work is largely unknown by a wider audience, but his photographs of nudes and Sri Lankan scenery are stunning examples of photography.
London: Chapman and Hall (1891). 3 vo., 8vo. The first edition of this three volume experimental novel about a troubled marriage. The highly regarded writer had a wide group of friends, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne and Robert Louis Stevenson. Oscar Wilde was also an admirer: "Ah, Meredith! Who can define him? His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning". Original publisher’s blue cloth decorated in black, gilt–lettered spine. Very good, light darkening to spine, light edge wear to edges, head and tale of spine. Marc–André Raffalovich's copy with his bookplates (by Austin Osman Spare) in each volume.
Ralph Nicholas Chubb was an English poet, printer and artist. Heavily influenced by Whitman, Blake, and the Romantics, his work was the creation of a highly intricate personal mythology, one that was anti-materialist and sexually revolutionary. This is a woodblock print from his Woodcuts book published in 1928. The image is printed on an off white paper not used in the edition (9" x 12").
(1982). Dutch translation of Goethe's poem about the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlking, a king of the fairies. Very good in wrappers, a bit of foxing to endpapers. Laid in are 1 ALS and 1 TLS from Braches to the collector Anthony Reid and a carbon copy of a TL from Reid to Braches in the year of publications. The letters relate to Reid's desire to publish the work in English and include Reid's translation.
London: D. Harmsworth (1931). 357pp. This amusing collection of recipes is accompanied by a number of works by various artists, including Pavel Tchelitchew, Kristians Tonny, Jean Cocteau and many others. Very good in decorative fabric boards, light wear and marks to cover, flocked paper endpapers, bookplate on front pastdown. Quite uncommon.
Bognor Regis [England] : C.T. Symes, Earth Ship Publications, [1966?]. 77 x 102 cm. This broadside features a selected timeline of poets, little magazine editors and publications, and poetic events from the first six decades of the 20th century. Multiple folds, yellowing at edges, small closed tears at creases. The reverse bears a label reading 'C. T. Symes / Earth Ship Publications / 10 Cavendish Rd / Bognor Regis'.
New York: Gotham Book Mart and Gallery (1971). Writers reflect on the books important to them when they were teenagers. Contributors include Paul Bowles, Jack Kerouac, James Purdy, Gore Vidal, Glenway Wescott, Christopher Isherwood, Allen Ginsburg and many others. One of 100 special numbered copies (#65) signed by the editors. This copy also bears the notation "Neil Simon's copy" on the colophon page. Very good in linen binding, plain dust jacket lightly marked.Laid in is the original prospectus.
[Lisboa] Edições SW (1935). The first two issues (#1 and #2) of this important and short-lived periodical of the Portuguese Modernist movement. Almada Negreiros (1893-1970) is best known as a painter and worked closely with Mario de Sa-Carneiro and Fernando Pessoa, among others, and belonged to the first group of Portuguese modernists. Both copies are in very good condition with light cover wear, occasional light spotting.