London (1699). 31pp. 8vo. A record of the famous Castlehaven sodomy trial in 1631. The 2nd Earl of Castlehaven was convicted of abetting the rape of his wife and of committing sodomy with his male servants and the trial was a spectacular sex scandal, resulting in the execution of Castlehaven and his servants. Light age yellowing, occasional spotting, 3 leaves trimmed, evident glue stain from repair at gutter throughout, modern blue cloth, new endpapers, a little rubbed. Bookseller's description tipped on to rear pastedown (from 1948).
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London, J.W. Parker and Son (1858) 8vo., 128 pp. A rare volume on the conduct of young men given to the eccentric teenage poet and Etonian, Digby Mackworth Dolben at age 14. Dolben caused considerable scandal at Eton with his exhibitionist behaviour and homosexual eccentricities He wrote homosexual verses to his contemporaries and scandalized his tutors with his behaviour. Dolben drowned at 19 and was mourned by the great Victorian poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins: “there can very seldom have happened the loss of so much beauty (in body and mind and life) ... Inscribed in 1862 to Dolben by Edward Daniel Stone, classical scholar and a schoolmaster at Eton during Dolben's tenure there. Armorial ex-libris of George Digby Scott, rector of Bray Quite rare- the first book of Dolben's library of which we are aware. Full crushed brown morocco and gilt, some wear, evidence of old tape strip removal, all edges gilt.
Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle (1896) 418pp. One of Montesquiou's more interesting collections of poetry. Original cover illustration designed by Paul Helleu. Very good in contemporary marbled boards, original wrappers present. Inscribed by de Montesquiou to the Belle Époque tastemaker and the first husband of American railroad heiress Anna Gould, Boni de Castellane.
Amsterdam: F. van Rossen (1908). 78pp. Aletrino was a prolific Dutch writer and a lecturer on criminal anthropology in Amsterdam and was one of the earliest Dutch advocates of homosexual rights, widely respected in his field. In 1903 he visited Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin and discusses his observations in Hermaphrodisie en uranisme. See Bleys, The Geography of Perversion: Male-To-Male Sexual Behavior Outside the West. Very god in original wrappers, small signature on front cover, light sunning to edges, light spotting to foredge.
København: Gyldendal (1904). 379pp. The only overtly gay novel written by the highly regarded Danish writer, a leading European impressionist writer of the period. Bang was openly gay, a fact which contributed to his isolation in the cultural life of Denmark and made him the victim of smear campaigns. The book was adapted to the screen in 1902 and again in 1924, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Very good in contemporary marbled boards. Quite rare.
The Hague, Luctor et Emergo (1918). 246pp. François was a Dutch writer and gay activist who also campaigned for social justice in Indonesia. Anders was his first novel with an overtly gay theme and describes in detail how homosexuals lived in the Netherlands before the Second World War. Good in decorative boards by the great Dutch artist W. Arondeus, spine a bit dulled with light spotting, edges a bit dulled but internally very good.
München: Verl. Akropolis . 130pp. 2nd. One of the most uncommon of the visionary writer's works, a morality fantasy/fairytale about a young prince and his relationship with the mysterious Tio. Elisar von Kupffer (1872-1942) was a Baltic German artist, anthologist, poet, historian, translator, and playwright who settled, along with his longtime partner, Eduard von Mayer, in Locarno, Switzerland in the 1920s. T See Ricci, Ritter, Tod und Eros: die Kunst Elisar von Kupffers (1872-1942) at 187. A near fine copy in the original wrappers. All copies of the book of which we are aware are second editions.
London: Published by Nancy Cunard at Wishart & Co (1934). 4to. 854pp. Cunard's landmark anthology, complete with numerous black and white photographs and illustrations. It brings together some 255 contributions by 150 authors and is extensively illustrated with reproductions. An unparalleled classic of anti-racist commitment, encyclopedic in scope, supported by monumental and valuable documentation. Contributors included Louis Armstrong, Samuel Beckett, André Breton and other French surrealists, Langston Hugues, Zora Neale Hurston, Leo Frobenius, Theodore Dreiser, Ezra Pound, William Carlos William, as well as Cunard herself. A near fine copy of a book that is often in poor condition, very light fading to spine, but the covers are bright and the interior is fine, slipcased. Many copies were destroyed in the London Blitz during World War II.
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.
[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.