Bruxelles (1942). 131pp. sm. 4to. A curiously uncommon edition of this erotic classic, illustrated with nine explicit images and eight chapter drawings, several of which are explicitly homosexual. One of 500 numbered copies, very good in wrappers, chemise and slipcase, which has some light cracking. The edition was issued for "subscribers only" but we can find, nor any indication of the identity of the illustrator. Apollinaire published the work in 1907, a fictional story of the Romanian hospodar Prince Vibescu Mony, in which the author explores all aspects of sexuality. The book has remained in print since its publication and has been translated into many languages. Dutel 2109.
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Paris (1939). An issue of the bi-monthly libertarian newspaper, edited by E. Armand (pen name of Lucien-Ernest June) that advocated for sexual freedom. Contributors included Eugène Bizeau, Madeleine Pelletier and Han Ryner. Included in this issue is a sympathetic article by Jean Boileau entitled "Notes pour une étude sur l'uranisme." Covers a bit yellowed, but otherwise good.
Paris: Lys rouge (1925). lg. 4to., 76pp. One of Jean Auscher's large quarto volumes illustrating the night life and dark side of Paris in the 1920s. An attractively produced volume printed by François Bernouard with ten provocatively decadent etchings by Auscher. This volume ("Bitterness") is a particularly brutal portrayal of drug addicts, drug addicts, "perverts" and other demimonde characters. One of 300 copies.
Paris: La Renaissance du livre . 173pp. A collection of short prose works by the author of the highly regarded gay novel, Platoniquement, with a preface by Maurice Rostand. The author (1898-1927) was one of the principal collaborators with Fersen in his review Akademos and also the short-lived review Inversions. His legacy is maintained today by an association of the friends of Axieros, who publish a gay cultural magazine, Inverses: littératures, arts, homosexualités. Good in rather worn paper boards, occasional light spotting, one endpaper neatly excised. Quite uncommon.
Dresden: E. Piersons Verlag (1901). 161pp. An early German novel with a strong undercurrent of homosexuality, wherein the protagonist strives for "high ideals" and exaggeratedly rejects females "before it degenerates into unnatural passion". Baron Baillou published several books on esthetics and philosophy, but is largely unknown. Very god in contemporary marbled boards, wear and short tears to linen spine. Quite rare.
Cayme Press (1926) 8pp. An obscene dialogue between two schoolboys "wherein one learns a somewhat unorthodox lesson from the other" (d'Arch Smith, Love in Earnest @ 148) perhaps inspired by Alcibiades fanciullo a scola. Bainbrigge, a Cambridge undergraduate, was also the author of another Cayme Press title with Uranian content entitled Achilles in Scyros. One of only 75 copies printed for subscribers to the Cayme Press. Very good in lightly sunned blue wrappers, errata slip tipped-in. Quite rare. Young 151.
Paris: Collection Précieuse (ND). 222pp. Another of Bandol's novels about modern sexual vices, with gay and lesbian content. Colorful frontispiece illustration seven additional un-attributed drawings in the text. The "Librairie Précieuse " sticker appears on the title page and spine covering the Librairie Artistique imprint, although the page counts on the two editions is not the same. Very good in original wrappers, wear to spine and covers and some pages roughly opened. Uncommon.
København: Gyldendal (1904). 379pp. The only overtly gay novel written by the highly regarded Danish writer, a leading European impressionist writer of the period. Bang was openly gay, a fact which contributed to his isolation in the cultural life of Denmark and made him the victim of smear campaigns. The book was adapted to the screen in 1902 and again in 1924, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Very good in contemporary marbled boards. Quite rare.
Bergamo: Lubrina (1997). 295pp. The first Italian translation of this gay classic, originally published in Danish in 1904 and later adapted to film and the stage. Much admired by Thomas Mann and Alfred Hitchcock the 1924 film is considered an important early work in gay silent cinema. Brilliantly illustrated by Mirando Haz, this is one of 200 special signed and numbered copies with an original signed etching by the illustrator. Near fine in paper slipcase.
Sao Paulo: Pinacoteca do Estado and Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro (1999). 4to. The controversial photographer's fashionable works, many set in Brazil. Warmly inscribed by the artist to Baron Alexis de Redé, onetime resident of the famed Hotel Lambert in Paris. Very good in decorative wrappers.
Paris: Edward Titus (1928). 84pp. The first edition of this delightful production, written and illustrated by Barnes. The work portrays, in disguised form, many of the cultural and artistic elite of the Parisian avant garde of the time- Natalie Barney, Robert McAlmon (who financed the book), Janet Flanner, among others. This is the exceedingly rare deluxe issue, number 9 of 10 copies signed by the author anonymously as "A Lady of Fashion" on Vergé de Vidalon. Additionally inscribed by Barnes to her literary executor, "For Hank O'Neal - / from Djuna Barnes / with affection - / N.Y. 1979" on front free endpaper. Laid in is a 1 page typescript, "New page for Ladies Almanack," heavily edited in red ink by Barnes, possibly prepared for the 1972 Harper & Row facsimile edition. A landmark title in lesbian literature. Very good in illustrated wrappers, light wear to covers and spine with light loss on spine, some occasional small flecks and faint fading, original glassine outer jacket (tanned and chipped, preserved in four fragments) and presumed original glassine sleeve; browning confined to extreme outer edges of contents, light smudging to end papers, illustrations bright, publisher's prospectus laid in; preserved in custom cloth folding case. Frontispiece, title-page vignette and 21 illustrations by the author, all hand-colored.
Paris (1957). 2vols. Hardcover. 4to. Both volumes of the most comprehensive review of French theatre and ballet of this century. Volume 1 covers the period 1850-1914 and is entitled Les Grandes Figures de la Belle Epoque and Volume 2 covers the period 1917-1950 and is entitled L'Age D'Or de la Scéne Française et Européene. Numerous illustrations, many colored and tipped into the text- included are extended discussions of works by Berard, Cocteau, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Eleanora Duse, Sarah Bernhardt. Very good in dust jackets, a bit edgeworn.
The artist, a bi-sexual Englishman, was one of the more prominent purveyors of nude male magazines and photographs in the post-war period, some of which earned him time in prison. He published magazines such as "Man to Man" and "Golden Boys" and assorted others, but he also self-published several books with more serious allusions, such as the "Superb Youth," series which attempt to cross the line into more conventional "artist's books." Notwithstanding this pretense, the books contain a wealth of well-endowed and quite attractive young men in assorted provocative poses. This profile portrait on “scraper board” measures 15.25” x 12”, signed “JB ’59” at lower left, a few light surface cracks.
London (1973). 50pp. 4to. An uncommon volume showcasing the work of gay-artist Jim French. Illustrated throughout with full-page pencil drawings. Jim French (1932–2017) was an American photographer, filmmaker and publisher who, under the pseudonym Rip Colt, created Colt Studio. French left a legacy of homoerotic images in photo sets, magazines, books and calendars that presented his work exclusively and set a new standard in photography of nude men. A fine copy in illustrated wrappers.
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: Barrington (1970-71). Issues 1-4 of this short-lived publication, each limited to 250 copies. Barrington had been imprisoned for publishing pornography in the 1960s and issued these publications in a more limited way in order to avoid legal problems. Each issue contains images of male nudes printed on Barrington's lithography machine, bound in blue stapled wrappers. See Smith, Physique: The Life of John S. Barrington @184. Uncommon.