San Francisco: Perineum (1984). Fie in wrappers, inscribed by the author.
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(1982). Dutch translation of Goethe's poem about the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlking, a king of the fairies. Very good in wrappers, a bit of foxing to endpapers. Laid in are 1 ALS and 1 TLS from Braches to the collector Anthony Reid and a carbon copy of a TL from Reid to Braches in the year of publications. The letters relate to Reid's desire to publish the work in English and include Reid's translation.
London: D. Harmsworth (1931). 357pp. This amusing collection of recipes is accompanied by a number of works by various artists, including Pavel Tchelitchew, Kristians Tonny, Jean Cocteau and many others. Very good in decorative fabric boards, light wear and marks to cover, flocked paper endpapers, bookplate on front pastdown. Quite uncommon.
[Lisboa] Edições SW (1935). The first two issues (#1 and #2) of this important and short-lived periodical of the Portuguese Modernist movement. Almada Negreiros (1893-1970) is best known as a painter and worked closely with Mario de Sa-Carneiro and Fernando Pessoa, among others, and belonged to the first group of Portuguese modernists. Both copies are in very good condition with light cover wear, occasional light spotting.
Amsterdam: Chez les héritiers de M.-M. Rey (1784). 136pp. The first appearance of this highly controversial memoir about Voltaire's complicated relationship with the eccentric Frederick the Great. The book's scandalous revelations about Frederick's homosexuality caused an immediate uproar and the book was banned in France. Despite the fact that Voltaire had died in 1778, there is considerable evidence that Voltaire had intended for the book to be published in his lifetime. See Lee, An American Voltaire- Essays @ 240-243. Very good in lightly worn 3/4 morocco boards, marbled endpapers, booksellers ticket on front paste down, silk marker. Quite rare.
São Paulo: Weiszflog Irmãos (1920). 95pp. Good in rather worn boards, light browning.
Medoso, MMMCCCXXXIII . 75pp. The second edition of this important early document about sodomy, with particular attention to the notorious Deschauffours affair of 1726 wherein Benjamin Deschauffours was burned at the stake in the Place de Grève in Paris for kidnapping boys and selling them to some 200 French aristocrats. The pamphlet depicts Deschauffours ("Fourchuda") as the champion of the oppressed class in Spira ("Paris") who in his zeal in defending a large army of Ebugors ("Buggers") was taken prisoner in the struggle, thrown into the fire by the partisans of the Cytherons (referencing the Greek island of Cythera, traditionally associated with heterosexual love). The pamphlet uses anagrams throughout to disguise its subject matter and supplies a four page key at the end to assist in deconstructing the essay. The pamphlet was originally published in 1733 is quite rare and was routinely banned by censors. Bibliothèque nationale, Enfer, n° 113 - P. Pia, Les Livres de l'Enfer, p. 49. Very good in marbled boards and calf spine, marbled endpapers, original wrappers present, silk page marker, light spotting to endpapers.
London: A. C. Fifield (1908). Carpenter contributes "The Village and the Landlord" originally published in the Albany Review in 1907. Very good in brown boards, dust jacket present, but is in poor condition with browning, tears and chips.
Paris: Dorbon-Ainé (1916). Wartime memoir written by the British born celebrity chef. Secretary to Henri Gauthier-Villars (who called him "a little swindler and a huge homosexual") he wrote a number of books on cookery and contributed to Jacques Fersen's Akademos (see Sidney Place below). Privately printed edition of 300 copies (#48), this example without the etchings by Laboureur. Very good in decorative covers, spine a bit worn and chipped, light fading.