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Paris: Callman-Levy (c. 1910). The French edition of d'Annunzio's work, with a long and sincere dedication to his onetime lover, Romaine Brooks. Around 1909, Brooks and d’Annunzio met at a dinner given by an artist friend who was famous for his colorful posters and paintings. D’Annunzio commented that much more can be expressed without any color at all, and this prompted Brooks to invite him to see her work. Thus began a complicated friendship that lasted for nearly three decades and had a profound impact on Brooks’s art. She saw him as a martyred artist, another lapidé; he wrote poems based on her works and called her "the most profound and wise orchestrator of grays in modern painting". They spent the summer of 1910 in a villa on the coast of France, in a romantic interlude that was disrupted when D'Annunzio's jealous ex-mistress arrived in town. Their friendship remained strong throughout D'Annunzio's life and she painted his portrait in 1912. Very good in original wrappers, rebound in a full morocco signed binding, gilt top edge, gilt titling, very light scuff s, laid into a marbled paper slipcase.
Asphodel (1998). Hardcover. The bookselling firm of Michael deHartington issued ten catalogues of homosexual literature during its brief existence from 1972-1974. These catalogues included some of the rarest books on the subject and remain a significant resource for students, collectors and bibliophiles. These catalogues, rareties themselves, have been reissued here in a facsimile edition along with an Introduction by Timothy d'Arch Smith, one of the firm's principals, and a widely respected scholar in the field.
Chamalières: Chez l'auteur (1944). Soft cover. Romantic adventures from the author of Billy: Idylles d'amour Grec en Angleterre, illustrated throughout by Essac with numerous tipped-in drawings and vignettes. One of only 132 numbered copies issued. Near fine in wrappers, light edgewear. Decorative slipase. Rare.
Gardone Riviera: Fondazione del Vittoriale (1981). Exhibition catalog of the wardrobe of the Italian dandy, Gabrielle d'Annunzio. Very good in wrappers.
Paris, A. Savine (1890). 295pp. The novel based upon the author's experiences in a French prison camp in Tunisia, which has been described as "'the most effective indictment of the French colonial army written in the nineteenth century.' Darien chronicles the lives of men caught up in the system and deals compassionately with the subject of homosexuality in the army. Never a member of the literary elite in France, he was much admired by the Symbolists and wrote a number of political tracts and was considered an anarchist. The novel was adapted to the stage and later film and has remained a classic since its publication.This is the first edition of the book, quite rare in commerce. Very good in limp maroon leather boards, original wrappers present, inked stamp of the Collège de ’Pataphysique on endpaper, along with the inked ownership stamp of Emmanuel Peillet, one of the founders of the Collège.
Paris: Les Editions Parisiennes . 249pp. A survey of the sexual attitudes of Moroccans in the 1930s, the author presents his observations as a travelogue with numerous references to prostitution and homosexuality. The book bears a printed dedication to Francis Carco, Very good in original wrappers, signature and ownership stamp on front endpages Uncommon.
Athens: Metaichmio (2002), 4to. 283pp. An exhaustive survey (in Greek) of the great poet's life and work, with numerous illustrations and extracts from his work and letters. Cavafy's friend E. M. Forster introduced his poems to the English-speaking world in 1923, describing him as "a Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe." Cavafy's sensual poems are filled with the lyricism and emotion of same-sex love, inspired by recollection and remembrance. Very good in decorative stiff wrappers.
[c. 1907]. Daudet, son of the famous writer, was a student of Whistler's and a close friend of Marcel Proust, Jean Cocteau and many in the homosexual world in early twentieth century Paris. Perennially overshadowed by his successful father, he never achieved much success in art and literary circles. This is a photographic reproduction (Druet process) of his portrait of Cocteau, signed by Daudet, and surrounded by this dedication in Cocteau's hand: "May this image born of you be unceasingly, my dear Lucien, the echo of a tenderness, made of impulse, recognition, esteem, admiration, and of all that one usually distributes to several people. Jean ". The photograph is mounted to a board and Cocteau's inked inscription appears around the edge of the image. The original work is on display at the Maison de Jean Cocteau in Milly-la-Foret. (9.45" x 11.81").
Paris: Editions du Capitole (1927). 4to. 418pp. A record of Shakespeare's voyage of 1584 with 46 full-page illustrations and 8 vignettes by Gaston Goor. Laid into the book is a 2 pp. holograph letter from Goor (dated 1927) to Louis Brulé mentioning several books that he was illustrating (including "Le Voyage de Shakespeare". He also mentions his address as 14 Cité Falguière, an atelier for artists (where Modigliani, Brancusi, Foujita also had spaces). The letter is illustrated with a pencil drawing of a lady with a parasol, Notre Dame in the background. One of 1680 numbered copies, this is one of 1400 on Alfa Francia. Very good in original decorative wrappers, light wear to covers and spine.
Paris: Flammarion (1910). 328pp. Lucien Daudet's collection of 4 novellas, Le Prince des Cravates, was dedicated to Proust, who wrote to him saying that he has written and signed an article for l'Intransigeant praising Lucien's work, 'Votre livre est tellement beau que je ne pouvais pas dormir tant que je n'avais pas écrit q.q. lignes sur lui." Very good in lightly worn wrappers,
New York : Seven Arts (1926) 45pp. The poetry of a gay man who committed suicide at 19 by hurling himself into the Delaware River in 1900. This, the only collection of his work, was published by his brother, Benjamin DeCasseres. Good in decorative paper boards, edges lightly worn, corners bumped. An uncommon collection. Young 948.