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Capri: Cerio e Pignalosa (ND). 4to., 18pp. A large format illustrated history of Capri, published by Cerio's Le Pagine dell'isola series. The illustrations were done in the 1940s by Partricia Mertig and present mostly touristic perspectives of life on Capri, several of which are fully illustrated. Magazine format, folded with light edgewear and small tears. Uncommon.
Capri (1944). Charming book about the legend of the blue lizard of Capri- "one of the most beautiful love stories of Capri" in the words of the author. Decorated throughout with woodblock illustrations, one of which is hand colored. Very good in illustrated wrappers. A charming and uncommon book. One of 1,000 numbered copies, although considerably scarcer than the limitation implies.
Capri: Le Pagine Dell'Isola (ND). 23pp. An illustrated history of Capri by its most famous historian. Printed letterpress with several woodcut illustrations and photographs. Particular emphasis on the myths of the island and an extended discussion of Tiberius and Augustus. Very good in illustrated wrappers. Laid in is a large folded map of the island.
Périgueux: Structure (1958) 37pp. The second publication of the American-born French painter and writer, published at his own expense "hors commerce, en compte d'auteur". The work details his life in the Sahara, where he lived with his uncle and where he began his classic Le Vieillard et l'enfant and which also appeared under the Chaamba pseudonym. Near fine in red wrappers, very light sunning to spine. Quite uncommon.
Paris: La Nef de Paris Éditions (1959). Early novel by this widely acclaimed and controversial writer, who wrote openly about his sexual attraction to boys and girls. A talented artist, he only wrote several books in his lifetime, mostly using this pseudonym which dates to an extended stay in Algeria, where he was sexually abused by his uncle. André Gide was a supporter and friend to the author in the last years of Gide's life. Very good in wrappers, original wraparound band present. Inscribed by the author on title page.
NP: . 139pp. The author's most important and controversial gay novel, originally issued in three separate stages, this is the first edition of the complete text ("version integral") André Gide described his writing as “a bizarre delight” and there is a printed quotation from Gide on the half-title. Considered by many to be among France's greatest underground writers, his works have been widely re-issued in recent years. After years of wandering, Augiéras died in a hospice in 1971 at the age of forty-six. Very good in lightly browned wrappers. Uncommon.
Leipzig: Verlag von Max Spohr (1900) 184pp. Published originally in French in 1899 (l'Amour Libre), this German edition was published by Max Spohr, publisher of Magnus Hirschfeld and numerous other anarchist and progressive causes. Daudet was a printer, journalist, militant antimilitarist who was imprisoned for his political and social beliefs and the author of numerous texts.
Paris: Offenstadt (1904). 232pp. One of a series of sensational books by the good doctor, who describes in details assorted sexual practices in ""les pays chauds". With 25 illustrations of assorted females in various louche activities. Very good in original wrappers, some spotting throughout, covers lightly worn. Uncommon.
(13 1/4" x 10 1/2"). A lovely detailed pencil sketch of an adolescent boy with arms raised. Initialed "RNC" and dated 1922. The work dates to the first year of Chubb's return to his family home in Curridge- after having trained in a London art school. He spent the following year in the New Forest, visiting gypsies and painting many of the local inhabitants. The works is very good, framed and matted, Works from this period of this quality are quite rare.
This gouache (3" x 7") is of a young man and is signed "R.N. Chubb/1921." The model may have been one of the local children he often painted or one of the gypsy youths that he befriended in the New Forest that year (described in his massive tome The Secret Country.) The work is matted and is in good condition.
A series of three pen and ink drawings made by Chubb, all executed in 1921. These would appear to date from one of his many excursions to the New Forest during this time and portray rural life among the local residents. All the images are either signed or initialed and dated, mounted. Acquired from the artist's estate.