Pittsburgh (1944). large 4to.
An large quarto portfolio of nineteen wash drawings by Avinoff, with an accompanying poem by George Golokhvastoff. The images are highly homoerotic and depict a young man rising from the sea in a variety of mystical settings, and angelic hierarchies with luminous layers of light. Avinoff (1884-1949) was a Russian nobleman who left the country during the revolution and settled in Pittsburgh, where he became a well known entomologist. Later in his life, he became friends with Alfred Kinsey and much of his work is on deposit at the Kinsey Institute.
One of 200 copies issued, very good in original chemise and slipcase (the slipcase is a bit battered with some tape repair).