Porto: Livraria Chardron; De Lello & Irmão (1921). 463pp. (2nd ed).
The first novel published in Portugal with an explicitly homosexual theme (and one of the first in the world), which recounts the relationship between the aristocratic Baron de Lavos and an attractive sixteen year old street urchin named Eugénio, with whom he is besotted. The novel was published in 1898 and created a stir in the literary world and went through several editions in subsequent years.
The first in the author's "Pathologia Social" series in which he attempted to highlight various social phenomenon. The novel is quite explicit in many respects, recounting the "acid drops of lymphatic fluid which spurted over his lips [... which were] something pure, transcendental, sacred". By the end of the novel, the protagonist tells us that his preferences have changed, preferring ".. types of muscle and strength, the sailors, the military and the coachmen."
Good in publisher's binding, cloth a bit faded, signature on endpaper.