London: Eric & Joan Stevens (1983). A collection of several of Gray's poems written between 1890-1892, several of which appear here for the first time. One of 125 numbered copies (#113), near fine in wrappers. Bookplates of Anthony Reid (by Ralph Chubb and John Buckland Wright)) laid in.
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Portsmouth: Callum James (2011). Reprint of an interview published in the Windsor magazine in 1895, which includes a number of illustrations. One of 50 copies (#6) printed. Fine in wrappers.
Paris: Albin Michel (1961). 237pp. An amusing novel about eccentrics and dandies by the eccentric dandy. Warmly inscribed by the author to Pierre de Lignieres. Very good in illustrated wrappers.
London: Heinemann (1935). A collection of 35 poems which includes An Emblem, Unwisdom, In Sicily, War Experience, The Hour-Glass, Heaven, and Everyman among others. Inscribed by the author to his former lover, Stephen Tennant. Introduced by the Sitwells in 1927, Sassoon and Stephen Tennant fell passionately in love, beginning a relationship which Tennant ended in 1933, causing Sassoon much sadness. Sassoon met his future wife Hester Gatty shortly thereafter and this edition bears a printed dedication to her. This copy is a testament to Sassoon's desire to maintain a relationship of some kind with Tennant, an effort that never achieved fruition. Very good in blue boards, spine a bit sunned and some light foxing throughout.
A. Michel: Paris (1932). 314pp. Benoit's eerie novel about a famous taxidermist who becomes obsessed with protecting birds on his "ile verte". Philippe Jullian's copy which is extra-illustrated with twelve original watercolor drawings illustrating the text. One of 140 large paper copies on Hollande (#50), Jullian has inscribed his name and date (avril 1943) on the colophon page and notes his contribution ("12 aquarelles de Ph. S. Jullian" ). Twenty-four at the time, this is likely among the first collections of his original works- he went on to illustrate numerous books throughout his life. Very good in original wrappers, edges a bit browned.
An original photographic postcard of Truman Capote taken by Van Vechten in 1948 after the release of Capote's Other Voices Other Rooms. The twenty-three year old Capote is posed in slacks and t-shirt in front of a theatrical backdrop of marionettes. On the verso, Van Vechten has penned a note to a friend in 1948 noting: Here is Truman Capote to help cure your impetigo...". Very good with very light edgewear, Van Vechten's blindstamp appears at lower right corner. (3.5" x 5 1/4").
International Male Studio: Copenhagen (1966). Numerous male nude photographs, some in color, from Apollo, Galaxy, Mark One and numerous other studios. One of the early collections to appear after MANual Enterprises, Inc. v. Day, the U.S. Supreme Court case that held that magazines consisting largely of photographs of nude or near-nude male models are not obscene. Very good in very good jacket.
Paris: Bibliothèque Médicale (1903). 128pp. One of a series of books on sexology and mental disease. Good in original wrappers, wear to covers and spine.
Paris: Bibliothèque Médicale (1903). 128pp. The history, causes and cures for onanism, penned by the former medical doctor who worked for the police prefecture in Paris at the turn of the century. One of a series of books on sexology and mental disease. Good in original wrappers, wear to covers and spine.
Paris: Inversions (1924-1925). 4to. A complete set of the extremely rare magazine dedicated to homosexual issues in France. Although Fersen's journal Akademos is often cited as the first gay journal, Inversions (and its successor L'Amitie) were far more explicit in their open treatment of gay issues. The editors were not part of Parisian literary circles, but managed to obtain contributions from some of the most forceful proponents of homosexual rights, many of which contributed under pseudonyms: Numa Praetorius , St. Ch. Waldecke , Louis Estève , Willy , G. Pioch, Claude Cahun , Georges d'Autry, Pierre Guyolot-Dubasty (Axieros) , Marcel Dartus, Havelock Ellis and Camille Spiess. Four issues of the magazine were produced before formal complaints were made about its content (one objector called it an "official review of pederasty, which clearly proclaims its ignoble program") which lead to an official prosecution. In April of 1925, the magazine changed its name to L'Amitie in an effort to forestall the prosecution, but the principals were eventually convicted of "d'outrage aux bonnes mœurs et de propagation de méthodes anticonceptionnelles" and the two editors were incarcerated for three months. The magazines were printed on inexpensive acidic paper and as a consequence deteriorated rapidly and rarely appear in commerce. This set is in fair condition- all pages are present but many are laid into marbled boards, with browning and chips to edges. Laid in is a 1 pp.TLS regarding Claude Cahun's contribution to L'Amitie. There is a long pencilled notation on the front endpaper about the history of the magazine from the previous owner (noting that he has never seen another collection).
Lisbon: Typographia do Annuario Commercial (1919). 4to. 55pp. An uncommon musical score by the Portuguese aesthete and lyricist poet. A collaboration between Botto and Nicolau d'Albuquerque Ferreira, who contributed the music and António Carneiro, who contributed the illustrations. Good in decorative boards, some damage to spine, corners a bit bumped, small bookplate on front paste down, inscription on endpaper in an unknown hand. Quite uncommon.
Amsterdam: Jacques. van Cleef (1904). 228pp. The second (largely re-written) edition of this early gay classic. The first edition included a veiled reference to A. Aletrino, which precipitated his purchase and destruction of nearly all copies. According to the scholar Paul Snyders, the second edition is in some ways more open than the first, with a completely different style. Very good in later marbled boards.
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.
Berlin: Gmunder (1985). Fine in wrappers.
San Francisco: Perineum (1984). Fie in wrappers, inscribed by the author.