Munich: Bartsch & Chariau (1992). 28pp. An elegantly produced collection of Le-Tan's watercolor drawings of individuals and architectural spaces, with an introduction by Piotr Alexander. One of 60 numbered copies with an original signed and numbered etching laid in to the text. Very good in wrappers.
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London: Ragged Lion Press (2016). 37pp. A new translation, and "modern reworking" of Arthur Rimbaud's A Season in Hell. One of 10 deluxe copies ("I") with an original holograph poem signed by Jeremy Reed, slipcased and bound in black velvet, marbled endpapers. Very good with only light wear to the slipcase.
Paris: G. Masson: P. Asselin (1886). Alexandre Lacassagne (1843-1924) was a professor of forensic medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Lyon and wrote extensively about issues related to homosexuality. This work is an extract from Dechambre's Dictionnaire encyclopédique des sciences médicales (série 2, tome 22, 1886) and became an important milestone and was praised by Havelock Ellis among others. The article is inscribed by the author to his colleague Dr. Charles Vibert, very good in later plain wrappers.
Wien: Braumüller (1909). The first dramatic composition published by Halacsy, an opera about the life of Hadrian's beloved consort, Antinous. The Austrian composer led a rather obscure life and never had much commercial success during her lifetime, although she was highly regarded and considered a violin virtuoso. Antinoos was first performed in 1911, but has never been performed in full. In appears that the composer never married. Very good in original light green wrappers.
Paris: Sansot (1909). 93pp. Paule Riversdale was the heteronym adopted by Renée Vivien (née Pauline Mary Tarn) for several publications that appeared during the years of her relationship with Baroness Hélène de Zuylen. Originally published in 1903, this edition is a significantly revised collection issued by her second publisher and was one of the last books issued before her death in 1909. Very good in original yellowing wrappers. Rare.
Edinburgh: Tragara Press (2008). 81pp. A collection of unpublished material culled from the entertainer's exhaustive collection, which includes letters from Alfred Douglas and assorted other. Near fine in boards. Limited to 8r numbered copies.
Paris: Edition du Monument. Paris (1908). This lavish edition of Lorrain's classic decadent novella dedicated to the master designer Rene Lalique, illustrated throughout by O. D. V. Guillonnet. Lorrain was openly gay, often citing ancient Greece as noble heritage for homosexuality and became colloquially known as 'The Ambassador from Sodom.' Very good in full morocco boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, spine lightly sunned. This one is one of the tete de l'edition (#4) of 25 copies on Japan Shidzuoka initialled by the publisher, Fernand Ferroud. Ex libris P. Brunet. Tipped in to the text is a 1 page holograph letter from Lorrain to Jérôme Doucet.
Paris: Éditions de la Galerie Simon [Kahnweiler](1921). 28pp. The precocious writer's first work, which was published when he was only 18 years old. Les Pélican, one of Kahnweiler's most elegant publications, is a two-act satirical play accompanied by Laurens' whimsical, cubist illustrations which capture the absurdist tone of the play. The play was performed for the first time on May 24, 1921 at the Théâtre Michel in Paris to much acclaim. Radiguet, a true enfant terrible, was a protege of Jean Cocteau until his untimely death in 1923 at the age of 19. Very good in custom full blue morocco binding, marbled end papers, with original paper cover mounted at rear. Number 80 of 100 printed copies on Holland laid paper, signed by Radiguet and Laurens. Includes 7 original engravings (one of the tipped in front cover and 2 full page) by the French sculptor and illustrator Henri Laurens (1885-1954).
Garcia Monge: San Jose de Costa Rica (1923). 150pp. A collection of short essays on a variety of subjects by the Uruguayan writer, some of which were extracted from earlier publications. Very good in leather boards, light brownign to endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the author to Enrique Canepa on endpaper.
Stockholm: Svanbäcks Boktryckeri (1890). 4to. 67pp. Carl von Platen was a Swedish dilettante nobleman and an amateur photographer who took provocative photographs of young men posing in dresses and swimwear. This penchant led to his being prosecuted for indecency in 1903 and his photographs were seized by the authorities. Thereafter, he spent a period in a private nursing home, then traveled around Europe and wrote travelogues. In 1918, Von Platen was arrested by the police for the second time in Malmö, when he tried to kiss a boy in the Kramer hotel elevator. This edition, a travelogue of sorts, contains 18 photographic images of various locations he encountered in his travels Limited to 100 copies, several penciled corrections to the text, light wear to boards.
An important collection of art notebooks and related ephemera created by the British artist Gerald Leet (1913-1998). Leet was an accomplished artist and teacher who became a War Artist and later "Artist to the Queen Mother." The collection includes scores of small watercolours mainly from the 1920's of people and scenes and both the image and the captions often providing a humorous insight. These early works cover the period when he was a student at Goldsmiths and later at the Royal College of Art. During WWII Leet spent much of his time in South Africa and Egypt and there are a number of very well crafted "architectural" style drawings and watercolours from this period. Later he came to the attention of Lord Wavell, Viceroy of India and it was Wavell who arranged his appointment as official war artist in New Delhi. It seems his strength as a "head and shoulder" craftsman was particularly important and most of the images from this period (all in a separate "notebook" ) are pen drawings of head and shoulder of Indian and other troops etc. . Denton Welch portrayed Leet (as Marcus Lynch) in his most famous novel "A Voice Through a Cloud". His work for the Queen later Queen Mother (sketches of her Staff) earned him temporary accommodation at Windsor Castle. Over 375 individual paintings or sketches, in 5 sketch books, generally very good.
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.