Paris: NRF (1924). The first edition of the author's first publication, a largely autobiographical novel written shortly after he was exiled from the Surrealist movement for his homosexuality. At the time, he had been living openly with his lover, the American painter, Eugene MacCown (who contributes the frontispiece to the book). One of 1000 copies (#874) in original wrappers, very good with light cover wear. The endpaper bears a signed self-portrait of the author. From the estate of Pavel Tchelitchew's sister, Alexandra Zaoussailoff.
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Amsterdam: Chez les héritiers de M.-M. Rey (1784). 136pp. The first appearance of this highly controversial memoir about Voltaire's complicated relationship with the eccentric Frederick the Great. The book's scandalous revelations about Frederick's homosexuality caused an immediate uproar and the book was banned in France. Despite the fact that Voltaire had died in 1778, there is considerable evidence that Voltaire had intended for the book to be published in his lifetime. See Lee, An American Voltaire- Essays @ 240-243. Very good in lightly worn 3/4 morocco boards, marbled endpapers, booksellers ticket on front paste down, silk marker. Quite rare.
São Paulo: Weiszflog Irmãos (1920). 95pp. Good in rather worn boards, light browning.
New York: Farrar Straus (1976). The first US edition of this erudite novel about sixteenth century Europe. Warmly inscribed by the author on the endpaper to Stanley Crantson. Very good in very good jacket, small adhesion to upper right corner of jacket. Cloth covers are lightly worn with some darkening to spine.
Medoso, MMMCCCXXXIII . 75pp. The second edition of this important early document about sodomy, with particular attention to the notorious Deschauffours affair of 1726 wherein Benjamin Deschauffours was burned at the stake in the Place de Grève in Paris for kidnapping boys and selling them to some 200 French aristocrats. The pamphlet depicts Deschauffours ("Fourchuda") as the champion of the oppressed class in Spira ("Paris") who in his zeal in defending a large army of Ebugors ("Buggers") was taken prisoner in the struggle, thrown into the fire by the partisans of the Cytherons (referencing the Greek island of Cythera, traditionally associated with heterosexual love). The pamphlet uses anagrams throughout to disguise its subject matter and supplies a four page key at the end to assist in deconstructing the essay. The pamphlet was originally published in 1733 is quite rare and was routinely banned by censors. Bibliothèque nationale, Enfer, n° 113 - P. Pia, Les Livres de l'Enfer, p. 49. Very good in marbled boards and calf spine, marbled endpapers, original wrappers present, silk page marker, light spotting to endpapers.
London: A. C. Fifield (1908). Carpenter contributes "The Village and the Landlord" originally published in the Albany Review in 1907. Very good in brown boards, dust jacket present, but is in poor condition with browning, tears and chips.
Paris: Dorbon-Ainé (1916). Wartime memoir written by the British born celebrity chef. Secretary to Henri Gauthier-Villars (who called him "a little swindler and a huge homosexual") he wrote a number of books on cookery and contributed to Jacques Fersen's Akademos (see Sidney Place below). Privately printed edition of 300 copies (#48), this example without the etchings by Laboureur. Very good in decorative covers, spine a bit worn and chipped, light fading.
Fontenay-aux-Roses, France: New Review Editions (1931). 33pp. This collection of gay poetry by the American expatriate is of great rarity. Thoma's early life is rather obscure, but In 1930 he joined Samuel Putnam's New Review as an associate editor and was involved in much of the New Review 's warfare against Edward Titus's conservative This Quarter on the one hand, and Jolas's avant-garde transition on the other. Befriended by Jean Cocteau (to whom one of the poems in this collection is dedicated) he was well known among the expatriates in Paris in the 1920s. Inscribed twice by the author on endpaper, once to Jean-Marie Auffret and again to Oswell Blakeston "(But what is writ in red is lye/For what is writ in green is true/this book is for Oswell Blakeston/Richard Thoma"). Blakeston [Henry Joseph Hasslacher] was a protege of Kenneth Macpherson and Djuna Barnes and was involved with the film periodical Close Up and other Pool Group publications. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers, small split at head of spine, linen chemise. Hand-colored printed illustration by Emlen Etting on half-title. Very rare in commerce- this is the first example we have seen. One of 100 numbered and signed copies (#77). Young 2553*.
New York: Julien Levy Gallery (ND- 1940s?). An advertisment for an auction of works by Tchelitchew, Diego Rivera, Walker Evans, Rockwell Kent and numerous others to benefit political prisoners. The single folded sheet also notes a "Brazilian Strip Tsi-Tsi Dance" and references the sponsors, which included Chick Austin, Bennet Cerf and others. Very good, quite rare.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (1916). Very good in stiff wrappers, light wear, light foxing. Roger Senhouse's penciled signature inside front cover.
London: Dobson (1947). 128pp. A collection of strange stories by Henry Miller, Leonora Carrington, Paul Bowles, Giorgio di Chirico and numerous others. Illustrated throughout by Tanguy, Calder and others with a frontispiece illustration by Tchelitchew. Very good in very good jacket, light wear and small closed tears at edges, small remnant of bookplate on front endpaper. Warmly inscribed by Ford to the heiress Alice de la Mar: "To Alice dear-from Charles/6 Oct 1947/after a lovely weekend in Weston."
Norfolk: New Directions (1949). 64pp. An early example of "queer modernism", this collection includes poems by the Surrealist founder of the magazine View. An elegantly produced volume with many "gems" in the words of Edith Sitwell. The dedication copy with an inscription on the front endpaper to his longtime partner Pavel Tchelitchew: "Dear Pavlik- this is your book/Charlie/Grottaferrata/5 January 1950." The book bears the printed dedication "To Pavel Tchelitchew." Very good in boards, light sunning to spine. The cardboard slipcase is also lightly sunned and has a small closed crack.
Four original ink and watercolor works by the eccentric artist and visionary. All of the works date to his time at the Slade School of Art in London (1921). Subsequently, he returned to his family's home in Curridge. and spent the following year in the New Forest, visiting gypsies and painting many of the local inhabitants. These images appear to date from such expeditions and are quite different from his homo-erotic images of young boys, for which he is primarily known. These works are from the collection of Anthony Reid, who acquired them directly from Chubb's surviving sister Ethel. The works are all initialed by the artist and dated 1921; one of the works bears the sitter's name (Harriet Boyes). The works are all uniformly matted and are in good condition, light wear and a few stray marks. They are generally 5" x 6" (several are a bit larger). Please inquire for further details.
New York: Dim Gray Bar Press (1996). Beautifully produced collection of poems dedicated to Guy Davenport. One of 100 letterpress copies issued (#81). Fine in decorative wrappers.