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Amsterdam: Kampen & Zoon (1911). The second corrected edition of this collection of poems, originally issued in 1902. Boutens was a Dutch classicist and mystic and wrote homosexual poetry under a pseudonym. This is one of 50 numbered copies (#10), bound in full vellum. Very good, foredge ribbon missing, light stain to rear, top edge gilt.
One ALS addressed to "My dear Ellis," likely the renowned English researcher on sexuality, Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), a contemporary who had been a protégé of Tuke's father. It discusses the rental of an art studio in London, and Tuke's planned trip to Panama and Jamaica. Tuke's Jamaica paintings from this trip were the subject of a 2015 exhibition. Very good.
Two autograph letters from the acclaimed painter to his longtime friend and confidant, Charles Kains-Jackson, both dated 1926. Tuke was best known for his paintings of maritime subjects, particularly of nude young men at the beach. The first is dated 11 February 1926, toward the end of Tuke's nine-week stay in Jamaica and was written on the letterhead of the Waterloo Hotel on Black River. Tuke writes: " I have done quite a lot of sketches & studies & found some good subjects, if one was ever to come back here for any length of time." The second letter was dated at Hampstead, England on 4 May 1926, shortly after his return, discussing his plans to visit the artist colony at Kardomah, Wales with friends: "Masson, Colin, and Towsey are all staying this week-end with Sidney Lomer!" Tuke's patron Sydney Lomer once famously asked Tuke to define the genitals more clearly in one of his paintings. "Colin' was possibly Colin Goodwyn, a model for his 1900 painting 'The Coming of Day'; 'Masson' was in all probability the artist's close friend Charles Masson Fox (1866-1935); and the final guest would be the photographer Stanley Towsey. Tuke also writes "If you come here I can show you a number of my sketches and you can inspect the new room I have added to the house." Signed as H .S. Tuke, each 2 pages, the first 8 1/2x5 1/2 inches, 21 1/2x14 cm, and the other a bit smaller; moderate wear and soiling to the first letter and minimal wear to the second.
London: Cassell (1939). 636pp. Hichens is perhaps best known as the author of the Green Carnation and his friendship with Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas. This lengthy novel opens with a visit by the protagonist to Magnus Hirschfeld's tomb in Nice, and one of the characters is inspired by Hirschfeld's partner and protégé, Li Shiu Tong. A very good copy in the original jacket, which has light wear small closed tears at edges, signature on endpaper and light browning to endpapers. Uncommon. The American edition was issued the following year.
London: Carrefour (1962). 3rd ed 411pp. Good in original wrappers, wear to covers, small stain to cover, internally fine.
An original pen and ink drawing of two young lovers (3.5" x 3"). Matted and framed (8.25" x 8.5"). Philippe Jullian (1919 – 1977) was a French illustrator, art historian, biographer, aesthete, novelist and dandy. The drawing was likely used to illustrate one of the many illustrated books for which he became well known. Very good in gilt frame.
London: Barrington (1970-71). Issues 1-4 of this short-lived publication, each limited to 250 copies. Barrington had been imprisoned for publishing pornography in the 1960s and issued these publications in a more limited way in order to avoid legal problems. Each issue contains images of male nudes printed on Barrington's lithography machine, bound in blue stapled wrappers. See Smith, Physique: The Life of John S. Barrington @184. Uncommon.
Berlin: Barsdorf (1919). 240pp. A history of the Eulenburg scandal, which 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. A good copy in boards, spine is damaged, original wrappers present.
London (1973). 50pp. 4to. An uncommon volume showcasing the work of gay-artist Jim French. Illustrated throughout with full-page pencil drawings. Jim French (1932–2017) was an American photographer, filmmaker and publisher who, under the pseudonym Rip Colt, created Colt Studio. French left a legacy of homoerotic images in photo sets, magazines, books and calendars that presented his work exclusively and set a new standard in photography of nude men. A fine copy in illustrated wrappers.
NP: Zwolle (1936, 1937). 2 vols. 91pp., 87pp. Two books which deal with the famous case against the Dutch paymaster general L.A. van Ries, who was accused of homosexual activities and who lost his position as high ranking official because of the controversy. Very good in black wrappers, cover labels with light wear.
A limited edition series of photographs by George Platt Lynes, one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century. Five male nudes have been selected for this unique portfolio, drawn from a collection of negatives acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Alfred Kinsey in the 1950s. The hand-crafted platinum prints have a beautiful tonal range that is well suited to Lynes’ distinctive compositions. Published in an edition of 20 portfolios and 2 artists’ proofs, the photographs are approximately 8 x 10 inches and printed on 11 x 14 inch 100% rag paper. The prints are matted on acid-free museum board and presented in an elegant cloth-covered 17 x 15 x 2 inch archival box. This example is #5/20, fine as issued.
Paris: Contact Publishing (1923). 61pp. In addition to being considered one of the foremost American painters of the first half of the 20th century, Hartley also wrote poems, essays, and stories. His book Twenty-five Poems was published by Robert McAlmon in Paris in 1923. First edition, signed by Hartley on the title page, from an edition surmised to be only 300 copies. Original gray wrappers printed in black, in original glassine sleeve. 7 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches (19.5 x 14.5 cm); 60 pp., unopened. A superlative copy of the volume, the glassine with a few chips.
Dresden: E. Piersons Verlag (1901). 161pp. An early German novel with a strong undercurrent of homosexuality, wherein the protagonist strives for "high ideals" and exaggeratedly rejects females "before it degenerates into unnatural passion". Baron Baillou published several books on esthetics and philosophy, but is largely unknown. Very god in contemporary marbled boards, wear and short tears to linen spine. Quite rare.
Leipzig: P. Reclam jun, . 88pp. This romantic play addresses the political and social turmoil in Estonia as a result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and the subsequent Russian Revolution of 1905-1907. The play takes place at the end of July 1905 on a manor in Estonia on the border with Latvia. Introduction by the author's longtime companion, Eduard von Mayer. Very good in original wrappers, previous owners stamp on front wrapper.
Berlin: Buchh. Vorwärts (1907). 16pp. The Eulenburg affair, was the controversy in Germany surrounding a series of courts-martial and five civil trials regarding accusations of homosexual conduct, and accompanying libel trials, among prominent members of Kaiser Wilhelm II's cabinet and entourage during 1907–1909. It also involved Adolf Brand, Magnus Hirschfeld and numerous others. An uncommon record of the facts surrounding the drama as it unfolded. Very good in somewhat yellowed wrappers.
Lyon: A. Rey (1921). 457pp. Alexandre Lacassagne was a French physician and criminologist who edited the influential Archives d'anthropologie criminelle for many years. It was in this context that he became acquainted with Andre Raffalovich, who contributed a number of essays on homosexuality to the journal. This was the author's last work and bears a warm inscription to Raffalovich on front endpaper. Very good in original wrappers.
Paris: Librairie Generale Catholique (1922). 287pp. A fictionalized version of the events leading up the the eruption of Mt. Pele in 1902, which resulted in the death of 30,000 people around St. Pierre, the capitol. St. Pierre has been described as the Sodom of the Caribbean, a town rife with prostitution, decadence, blasphemy, homosexuality and unbelief and many believed this was the reason for the eruption. The author portrays assorted sacrileges and "decadent behavior" that occurred immediately before the eruption. Very good in original wrappers, light wear to covers and spine, pages uncut. Quite rare.