Paris: Vanier (1905). Fersen's semi-autobiographical novel about the decadent Lord Lyllian," a breathtaking mixture of truth and fiction" according to the scholar Will Ogrinc. Fersen includes among his cast of characters not only Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas, but Friedrich Krupp, Péladan, Robert de Montesquiou, Jean Lorrain and many others. The author's legal battles with his own "messes noires" happened several years before this novel was published and Fersen had retreated to Capri. A good copy in the very appealing wrappers designed by Claude Simpson, some wear and browning to covers, light repair to verso, bound in a 1/4 morocco binding with marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Thierry-Richard Sabatier, along with a tipped in clipping from le Figaro about Peyrefitte's book. An English translation of the novel, issued by Elysium Press, was published in 2005.
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London: Chester (1922). 16pp. One of a series of short essays on composers, published by J. & W. Chester, Ltd. This example includes both and English and French version of the essay and includes several illustrations and a photographic frontispiece of Berners. Very good in stapled wrappers, covers lightly browned with a "With Compliments" stamp on cover. Quite uncommon.
London: Grant Richards (1922). Last Poems was a tribute to Housman's close friend, Moses Jackson. One of his best known poems is included in the collection It contains one of his best known poems, Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries " about the Second Battle of Ypres. This is the correct first edition with the typographical errors on page 52. A very good copy in original dark boards, lightly scuffed, light occasional foxing. With the Raffolovich Bequest bookplate on front pastedown and the Dominican Fathers cancellation stamp on first endpaper.
Ashover: Frank Murray (1896) 8vo. 75pp. Uranian poetry celebrating the beauty of the author's beloved pupil, Alec Melling. A very good copy in 3/4 morocco binding, slight wear to edges. With the bookplate of McDouglas Scott on front endpaper, along with his signature and assorted penciled notations. "Southernwood" refers to a plant that is reputed to have an aroma similar to sperm. Very good in quarter cloth, original wrappers not present, light foxing to endpapers and a bit of light crayon marks on rear endpapers. [Love in Earnest, p.249]. One of 208 copies, photographic frontispiece. An original photograph of a nude boy is tipped on to front endpaper. Uncommon.
An extroardinary letter from Rear Admiral David G. Farragut aboard the flagship Hartford at Mobile Bay, Alabama dated September 17, 1864 addressed to Acting Ensign, Robert H. Carey aboard the USS William G. Anderson, concerning the Court Martial of a man on charges of "Scandalous conduct tending to the destruction of good morals". The accused was found guilty of acts of sodomy; in part: "After mature deliberation, the court found the accused Guilty of the Charge and sentenced as follows; viz - 'And the Court do sentence the accused, Geo. W. Curtis, Landsman, to ten years confinement at hard labor in the Parish Prison, New Orleans, La. and to the loss of all pay and freeze money now due, or which may become due to him.' I have approved the sentence of the Court in this case. You will have the prisoner sent in irons by the first opportunity to New Orleans, to be transferred to the proper authorities for confinement. This communication to be read on the Quarter deck of your vessel at general muster." The charge of sodomy had been a capital crime up until 1831, although the military did not specifically outlaw it until 1921. Homosexuality was taboo at the time, and there are very few records of it during the Civil War. No punishments were recorded for any soldiers in the army, and only a few records have been found for sailors who were charged and dismissed from the Navy. Usual mail folds, with toning being darker at the folds, some foxing. Four small strips of tape have been placed along mail folds on interior pages. Some weakness along center fold has resulted in slight separation. Two pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 10"
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. This is an original painting on board, which is signed by the artist in pencil (lower right corner) and dated 1980.
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. This is a pen and ink drawing on board of one of his favorite models "Tibor," who appeared in many of his publications. The lower right bears the letter "P" and the date of 1964 and the name "Tibor" appears at both the bottom right and left. There is considerable water staining at the edges but the image itself is not affected.
John S. Barrington (aka John Paignton) was a pioneering pornographer and bisexual photographer of male ""physique"" images in postwar Britain. He was routinely harassed by British authorities and spent time in jail for publishing gay muscle magazines. He was also an accomplished artist and much of Barrington's artwork appeared in his numerous publications, such as the Art and Anthropometry series. A very good example of his work, some wear to edges and paper, but very good otherwise. Unsigned.
London: Walter Scott (1889). 2nd ed. 88pp. This quite uncommon collection by the Scottish poet (aka Fiona Macleod). Sharp, a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, used his feminine alter ego increasingly after 1893. A very good copy in rather browned and chipped parchment paper wrappers, slight loss at head of spine. Warmly inscribed by Sharp to fellow poet Bliss Carmen on front endpaper.
London: Curwen Press (1926). 13pp. An uncommon collection of some of Douglas's poems privately printed by A. J. A. Symons in an edition of 50 copies (this is #40). Very good in printed wrappers, light wear to covers, corrections of 4 misprints in the author's hand. Laid into a yellow linen chemise and slipcase, bookplate on front pastedown. Warmly inscribed by Douglas on endpaper ("A belated wedding gift.").
Bruno's Garrett: New York. 30 September 1915. This edition of the semi-monthly magazine contains two poems by Beardsley, along with five of his images. Austin Dobson's "Secrets of the Heart" is also included, along with works by Clara Tice and Guido Bruno. Very good in lightly worn wrappers. Laid in is a 2pp ALS from Dobson to a Mr. Drake referencing various publications of his, the artist Thomas Stothard and other illustrators and projects.
This silverprint photograph of Sansone in profile (7" x 9") bears several notations on verso- a penciled number ("380") as well as "Tony Sansone/7". Very good, light wear to edges, light small chips at corners. See Massey, American Adonis: Tony Sansone, the First Male Physique Icon,(2004).
Trier (1942-1944) (3" x 4 1/4"). A unique WWII prison album of 15 black and white photographs and 1 negative documenting a romance between two French prisoners of war interned at the Stalag XII-D in Trier, Germany. Spanning a period between November 1942 and May 1944, most of the photographs and inscriptions on versos reveal a romance between Francis Garnier-Arnoul (the owner of the album) and a certain Christian. Among the inscriptions are the following: "Te connaitre, te voir, t'aimer. Bien douces choses Kiki. Gardons et profitons de ces jours heureux en souhaitant que cela puisse continuer. Ch" (To know you, to see you, to love you. Sweet things Kiki. Let's enjoy and always remember these hapy days withthe hope that this may last. Ch). "Trois jours que je ne t'ai vu. C'est long. Crois moi. Le soir je te verrai, et ma joie reviendra. Si tu pouvais lire en moi-meme maintent. Christian." (Three days I have not seen you. It's long. believe me. This evening I will see you, and my joy will return. If you could read me right now. Christian). "Unis par la pensee et par le coeur. Toujours l'un avec l'autre. Christian." (United by the mind and the heart. Always with each other. Christian) This wallet-size album contains five photographs showing the two lovers together (including one duplicate). Other photographs depict some of Francis' friends at the camp (Bruno, Louison, Elie, as well as a Dutch prisoner of war named Henk Timmer). Included are photographs indicating that the two lovers were part of the team publishing the Stalag newspaper. Five of the 15 photographs are inscribed by fellow prisoners of war who befriended Francis during their captivity. Most of the original photographs measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", with one measuring 2 3/4" x 2 1/2" . Very good, album is partly rubbed along edges, with paper string missing, most plastic sleeves to house the photographs are split or missing. Photographs in very good condition.
An original undated postcard ridiculing German "tourtes" most likely dating the first World War. Ranieri (1865-1929) was an Italian ceramist living in Paris and he often contributed to such magazines as La Baïonnette. Throughout the war years, his signature is often found on numerous caricatures distributed in the form of postcards used as support for anti-German propaganda. This particular example ridicules the German military for its effeminate ways, in the wake of the Eulenburg-Brand scandal some years before. Near fine,
(1947). Jaap Vegter (1932-2003) was a highly regarded Dutch satirist and comic artist who worked for numerous newspapers and magazines. He often gave a clever and humorous comment on events and people from political, social and cultural life. This is one of his early works, a pen and ink drawing on paper of a group of men and boys arrayed before a naked recumbent boy wearing a sailor's cap. The artist has also decorated the frame in pen and ink with the caption: "JongelingenVereeniging op Gereformeerde Grondslag" and his signature in the lower frame. The subject relates to the "League of Youth Associations" a youth movement associated with the Dutch Reformed Churches where boys were made acquainted with the anti-revolutionary principles.
London: Leonard Smithers (1899). A collection of poems by a friend of the Sitwells and George Moore, published no doubt as a vanity publication by Smithers, "publisher to the decadents." Laid in is an ALS from the author to the singer Lady Maud Warrender, with her bookplate on front paste down. Very good in decorative blue boards, wear to edges, hinges weakening.
New York: Grolier Club (1945). The bibliography of Beardsley's work includes a catalogue of drawings, bibliography of criticism and literary work, collected letters, and bibliography of exhibitions. Limited to 300 copies (Asaf 112). Brain Reade's copy, with his penciled notation on endpaper. The endpaper also bears the signature of noted Beardsley scholar William Gaunt. Good in rather drab blue boards, a but marked, endpapers lightly browned.
London: Michael deHartington (1974). The first appearance of this poem, edited by Robert Peters and Timothy d'Arch Smith. One of 10 lettered copies on handmade paper (C), this copy warmly inscribed by Smith to "Jean". Very good in decorative marbled boards, slight browning at edges.
Danbury: Addison House (1978). 8vo. A lovely production with ten tritone photographs illustrating 10 poems by Cavafy. One of a limited number of hardbound copies, signed and numbered by the photographer. Very good in wrappers and slipcase.
London: Pomegranate Press (1915). 4to. Vol. I, No. I. One issue of the short-lived eclectic magazine with contributions by Theodore Watts-Dunton, Arthur Symons, Edmund Gosse, Richard Le Gallienne, Walter de la Mare, Katharine Tynan, Arthur Machen, among others. Several grotesque illustrations by Allan Odle, as well as an early work by Nina Hamnett, Charles Condor and Albert Rothenstein. Good in boards, loss to spine, covers a bit marked, internally very good.
Los Angeles (1955). lg. 4to. 12pp. One of the privately published collections of the eccentric poet/collector's poetry. No limitation stated, but these were issued in very small editions and distributed to his friends. Warmly inscribed on front endpaper by James to "Mirandi" (Miranda Speranza Masocco Levy), one of the founders of the Santa Fe Opera (and a close friend of Stravinsky). Very good in red wrappers, water stain to top edge, small scar on cover. Rare.
Berlin: Birkholz (1925). A beautiful production of Verlaine's short poem from Sagesse, illustrated by Marcus Behmer. Printed on a lithographic hand press and issued in one hundred and fifty copies. This is example #93, signed and numbered by the artist. Very good in brown boards, sunning and slight loss to spine. Uncommon.
Madrid: Sucesores de Rivadeneyra (1925).122pp. Precioso was one of the intellectuals who were part of the "Decadentismo" movement in Spanish culture, along with Antonio de Hoyos y Vinent and Álvaro Retana. He was one of the guiding lights behind the fiction collection known as La Novela de Hoy (The Novel of Today). This popular novel was part of the "novela de la noche" series and contains lesbian characters. Very good in decorative wrappers, lightly worn.
London: Duckworth (1929). 63pp. Two long poems and several songs with a "macabre and terrifying beauty" (according to the jacket). Warmly inscribed to Pavel Tchelitchew on endpaper. Sitwell was besotted with Tchelitchew for many years and he painted several portraits of her. Very good in lightly worn wrappers.
[NP] : [1941?]. 283pp. Very good, slight wear to corners, laid in is the original multi-color prospectus.