Oxford: B.H.Blackwells (1917). The first of the Wheels anthologies, devised by the Sitwells to publish works of young poets (including themselves). Included in this preiere issue are works by Nancy Cunard, Osbert Sitwell, Edith Sitwell, Arnold James, Iris Tree, E.W. Tennant, Sacheverell Sitwell, Victor Tait Perowne and Helen Rootham. Warmly inscribed by Cunard to "Otto" in "1929 or so" and additionally in 1943 ("I would like to consign this to limbo, dear otto- so keep it dark."). Good in yellow boards, a bit of wear t covers with some abrasions, several pages roughly opened.
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[Paris: Marcel Sautier] 1954. 8vo. 92pp. These explicitly gay stories were written psuedonymously by Jouhandeau and only published under his own name after his death. Illustrated with 15 explicitly homoerotic line drawings by the noted Swiss artist, Elie Grekoff. The book was the product of a competition initiated by Florence Gould in 1954 to create the most original erotic work- the other books in the competition were Mandiargue's l'Anglais and Paulhan's l'Histoire d'O. Very good in original decorated wrappers with light wear. One of 150 copies on Marais (#44). Larivière, 367 ; Beurdeley, 275 ; BN, Enfer, n° 1498; Pia 1324; Monod 6452. Uncommon. $600.00.
Leipzig: Matthes (1864). 28pp. The first of the twelve groundbreaking essays on homosexuality written by Carl Ulrichs, and among the most important publications on homosexuality. Ulrichs was routinely prosecuted for his work and worked tirelessly to promote his agenda of gay rights: "The Urning, too, is a person. He, too, therefore, has inalienable rights. His sexual orientation is a right established by nature. Legislators have no right to veto nature; no right to persecute nature in the course of its work; no right to torture living creatures who are subject to those drives nature gave them. The Urning is also a citizen. He, too, has civil rights; and according to these rights, the state has certain duties to fulfill as well. The state does not have the right to act on whimsy or for the sheer love of persecution. The state is not authorized, as in the past, to treat Urnings as outside the pale of the law." (from "Araxes"). Very good in original buff wrappers, light wear at edges, very light spotting throughout, small stamp on lower spine. See Dynes, History of Homosexuality; Kennedy, Life and Works of Carl Heinrich Ulrichs; Hohmann, Der unterdrückte Sexus.
NP; NP (c 1827). 8vo. oblong (13.5 cm. x 20cm). A series of 16 hand-colored copper engravings (8" x 5.5") relating to the death and interment of Pope Pius VII and the election of Pope Leo XII (printed on rectos only). Three additional colored engravings depict Pope Leo XII and costumes of the religious order of Adoratrices. Original full limp vellum with printed vellum label on spine, tissue guards, in custom blue cloth clamshell case. Light toning to covers, damp staining to bottoms of several pages (not affecting images). Ex-collection Islay Lyons.
Playbill from the November 20, 1968 production of Alexander Cohen's "Marlene Dietrich" at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Arrangement by Burt Bacharach, conducted by Stan Freeman. The cover is signed by Dietrich, Freeman and several others and is in near fine condition. From the estate of Kenneth Macpherson and Islay Lyons.
An original design for ceiling of the private theater at Charles de Beistegui's Château Groussay by the renowned architect and designer Alexander Serebriakov. Inspired by the Margravine Theatre in Bayreuth, the theater was designed by Emilio Terry and Serebriakov and had its opening in 1957. The preliminary design ( 22" x 29") is completed in pencil, watercolor and gouache and is monogrammed "AS" and dated October 15, 1954. From the collection of Albert Mazurier (1879-1965), painter of wall decorations who worked for Charles de Beistegui. Very good, some small closed tear at edges, light creases and a few light stains. Included is a collection of ALS relating to Chateau Groussay: - Card of invitation addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Mazurier by Carlos de Beistegui for a representation of the "Impromptu de Groussay" dated March 18th, 1957; -1 ALS letter of condolence by Alexander Serebriakoff dated September 15, 1965 (... I still remember, from my meetings (at Mr de Beistègui), your father and I was a great admirer of his talent! Not to mention the sympathy in the rare conversations we have, had on the art ... .dévoués Souvenirs " - 1 ALS signed by Charles de Beistégui dated September 6, 1965 expressing condolences on Mazurier's death. - Invoice concerning the decoration of the ceiling of Groussay addressed to Monsieur de Beistegui by Albert Mazurier - 1 ALS to Mr. Mazurier by Charles de Beistegui complaining of the high price of his achievements and referencing Emilio Terry as "mon frere." - 1 ALS by Charles de Beistégui confirming the order of two copies of paintings. -1 card of sympathy by Emilio Terry to Mazurier's daughter in original envelope on engraved stationary. -A copy of the January issue of Connaissances des Art, featuring the Groussay theater on the cover.
Paris, La Centaine (1926). These 222 letters from Remy de Gourmont addressed to Natalie Clifford Barney during the years 1910 to 1915, serve, as the recipient wrote, both of "preface, comment and conclusion to Letters to the Amazon", published in 1914. Illustrated with 52 original lithographs by Rouveyre. One of 100 special copies on Japon, this example #3. Warmly inscribed by the illustrator, and signed by Edouard Champion and Natalie Barney on title page. Bound in 1/2 morocco, front panel very weak, light wear to boards, some light foxing on tissue guards.
The artist, a bi-sexual Englishman, was one of the more prominent purveyors of nude male magazines and photographs in the post-war period, some of which earned him time in prison. He published magazines such as "Man to Man" and "Golden Boys" and assorted others, but he also self-published several books with more serious allusions, such as the "Superb Youth," series which attempt to cross the line into more conventional "artist's books." Notwithstanding this pretense, the books contain a wealth of well-endowed and quite attractive young men in assorted provocative poses. This profile portrait on “scraper board” measures 15.25” x 12”, signed “JB ’59” at lower left, a few light surface cracks.