Paris: Mercure de France (1899). 261pp. The second edition of this controversial gay novel, which was prosecuted for pederastic content in a widely publicized case. After a storm of protest and support from numerous literary celebrities, Eekhoud was eventually acquitted and the book has remained one of the foundational works of modern gay literature. Very good in period binding, original wrappers not present, light wear.
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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.
Leipzig, Klaristischer Verlag Akropolis (16pp.) (ND). One of a series of publications by this early German advocate of sexual emancipation and the revival of "male culture". He was a frequent contributor to Der Eigene and his anthology of homoerotic literature, Lieblingminne und Freundesliebe in der Weltliteratur is an important text in the field and the precursor to Edward Carpenter's Iolaus. Very good in wrappers, light spotting to covers.
New York (1993). Hardcover. 4to. Extensive study of male homoerotic photographs. Fine in fine jacket, warmly inscribed by the author. Ooffice.
London: The University Press (1897). 204pp. The rare suppressed edition of this collaboration between Ellis and Symonds. The second revised English edition with Ellis' Preface dated October 1897. Very few copies were ever circulated (at the behest of Horatio Brown, Symond's executor) and all later editions excised any reference to Symond's participation on the project. A very good copy in dark blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, corners a bit bumped, covers lightly worn, hinges starting, bookplate on front pastedown.
Leipzig: Georg H. Wigand's Verlag (1896). 308pp. The true first edition of the author's classic text, Sexual Inversion, completed in collaboration with John Addington Symonds. Symonds and Ellis began working together on the book in June of 1892 and continued until Symonds' death in April of the following year. Following the arrest and conviction of Oscar Wilde in 1895, Ellis despaired of finding an English publisher for this book, which Symonds had insisted must be the first volume in his collaborator's Studies in the Psychology of Sex. This, the correct first edition, was published by Ellis' friend Hans Kurella in Leipzig in 1896, and acclaimed in the German press as a pioneering work. The first edition in English was brought out the following year, but suppressed before publication by Symonds' literary executor, Horatio Brown. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper and linen boards, handmade label on spine, light edgewear. Quite rare.
A collection of twenty-three vintage sexually explicit photographs (various sizes and formats) involving men in a variety of sexual acts. Eleven of the images appear to date from the 1940/50s and the remainder likely 1960s/70s. All are in very good condition and bear no markings as to origin, but appear to be amateur productions. Please inquire for further details.
Genève (1880). 4to. An erotic classic, first published in 1867, the text was attributed by Apollinaire to Gustave Droz and has been interpreted by various artists with erotic plates. This edition was illustrated by Brouet, one of the finest original etchers of early twentieth century French art. Bound in half dark brown morocco over marbled paper boards, spine lettered and panelled in gilt with coloured decorations of autumnal leaves, top edge gilt; with 8 erotic etched illustrations by Brouet and two extra unused plates bound in at the rear. Spine a little sunned, otherwise a very good copy. Limited edition of 125 numbered copies, this copy includes 2 extra unused etched plates by Brouet bound in at the rear. From the library of diplomat and politician Duff Cooper, first Viscount Norwich with his Rex Whistler designed bookplate. BN Enfer 822, Pia 761.
Paris: L'Édition Moderne (1906). later ed. One of the highly romantic gay novels about intense schoolby love written by the pseudononymous author in the early years of the twentieth century. These novels had a great following at the time and were reviewed by Prime-Stevenson in his classic, The Intersexes. Good in illustrated wrappers, covers a little browned and spotted, wear to spine, pages uncut, small chip to rear cover, front wrapper partially split at hinge.
Paris: Ambert . 281pp. 2nd ed. The first of several highly popular schoolboy novels with explicit gay themes written by this French writer, who befriended Count d'Adelsward Fersen and contributed to his journal Akademos. Very good in 1/4 leather binding, original wrappers (with cover photograph by Wilhelm con Gloeden) present, light cover wear, penned signature on endpaper.
Paris: L'Assiette au Beurre (20 Juin 1908). A German edition of the weekly French satirical magazine with a cover illustration relating to the notorious Eulenburg scandal that engulfed Germany from 1907-1909. Maximilian Harden was the jingoist editor of the periodical Die Zukunf and accused Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg-Hertefeld, and General Kuno, Graf von Moltke of engaging in homosexual activities. Both men were members of Kaiser Wilhelm II's inner circle and the ensuing scandal had long lasting effects on the gay rights movement in Europe. The affair received wide publicity and is often considered the biggest domestic scandal of the German Second Empire. It led to one of the first major public discussions of homosexuality and was the first occasion that the word "homosexual" was introduced into common usage. Very good, spine cracking a bit.
Paris: 2 Aout 1908. # 1017. The French periodical contains a cover illustration of Philip, Prince of Eulenburg, on trial in Berlin for perjury while recumbent in his bed. Although he was married, Eulenburg was connected in homosexual liaisons with members of the Kaiser's inner circle, including Count Kuno von Moltke, the military commander of Berlin. The public exposure of these liaisons in 1907 led to the infamous Harden-Eulenburg Affair. In 1908, Eulenburg was placed on trial for perjury due to his denial of his homosexuality; the trial was repeatedly postponed due to Eulenburg's claim of poor health. Very good, light spotting to covers.
Berlin: Buchh. Vorwärts (1907). 16pp. The Eulenburg affair, was the controversy in Germany surrounding a series of courts-martial and five civil trials regarding accusations of homosexual conduct, and accompanying libel trials, among prominent members of Kaiser Wilhelm II's cabinet and entourage during 1907–1909. It also involved Adolf Brand, Magnus Hirschfeld and numerous others. An uncommon record of the facts surrounding the drama as it unfolded. Very good in somewhat yellowed wrappers.
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"
Paris: Editions de France (1935). 4to. 193pp. Fellowes was a celebrated 20th-century society figure and heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune. This is her most acclaimed novel, issued in English as "Sundays" and illustrated with a suite of amusing drawings by Marcel Vertes. One of 20 copies of the tete de l'edition (#15) printed on Japon, signed by both the author and the illustrator, which also includes two states of the illustrations as well as an original illustration by Vertes. Original wrappers present, bound in a full morocco pink binding by Riviere, occasional very light spotting, light wear at joints. In addition, there is another original illustration by Vertes bound in to the text (not called for in the colophon). A lovely book.
Monaco: Imprimerie A. Chene (1930). sm. 4to. An amusing prose poem by the ultra-chic Mrs. Reginald Fellowes (neé Marguerite Décazes), a "feminine dictator of impenetrable hardness," according to Sir Harold Acton. Fellowes traveled in very fashionable circles of the period and was known, among other things, for being the best dressed woman in the world. Seventy four leaves printed on rectos only, along with three attractive color vignettes. One of only 200 numbered copies printed, this is #13, signed by the author. Good in illustrated boards, covers a little sunned, corners slightly bumped, small stain at top edge on rear cover, tape on spine and some yellowed ink.
Paris: L. Vanier (1901). 203pp. An early collection of "poemes de l'enfance" by Fersen, who fled from France to Capri when his "messes noires" with young men gained the attention of Parisian authorities. Very good in decorative jacket by Louis Morin, who also contributed several drawings in the text. Introduction by Edmond Rostand.