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A Study of Lesbianism.  64 Intimate Photos of a World Without Men
1 A Study of Lesbianism. 64 Intimate Photos of a World Without Men
Darte Distributors Ltd. Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1970. Oblong, 14 by 21 cm. Unpaginated, 64 pp. Black and white photos, most of which are one to a page, accompany a large print text that discusses homosexuality and lesbianism in what is meant to sound a serious, factual yet also breezily readable tone. The exegesis is generally supportive, yet it is also very much of its period so that a reader today is likely to find aspects of it echoing the intolerance and/or ignorance endemic during the period of writing. Of course the text was surely beside the point, meant to provide a slightly respectable or sober gloss to the photos. Whether these would have been deemed soft or hardcore porn in 1970, today they come across as quite tame, as there is no full frontal nudity, and not so much as a pubic hair is revealed. The models are mostly young and big breasted, but unlike glossier pornography, they look more or less like average people, some might passing for pretty, most not. Overall, this is a valuable window on attitudes just as the gay liberation movement was beginning to gather some force. Scarce, with only copy found on OCLC First Search at U of Colorado Boulder. (No other copies found in commerce at the time of writing description.) Condition: light wear. Cover with some rubbing. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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2 Anonymous Sea Songs
Quarter Calf. Wood Boards. Very Good 
Could this be an unabashed gay celebration from the Thirties? Here with a single exception, only men are presented, and in two images, with a suggestion of intimacy, and elsewhere, with a constructivist-style muscularity that somehow also brings to mind Tom of Finland, the pioneer in depicting hyper-masculine muscle men, among them, sailors and dock worker-types, the specific subject matter of this unpublished, unfinished manuscript. And the one exception, with a woman in the illustration, depicts what could be depicted as dissention between the muscular man and the diminutive girlfriend. N.d., circa 1930. Folio. 33 by 24 cm. [4], 9-35 pp. The songs represented here include "Whiskey for My Johnny", "Paddy Doyle", "Across Western Ocean", "Poor Old Joe", "One Day More", "Banks of the Sacramento", "Blow the Man Down", "Captain Kidd", "It's Time for us to Leave Her Johnny", and a few songs without the title written in. Even with the gaps in illustration, title or text, the work delivers a strong punch, and there is absolutely nothing tentative or sketchy about what is present. This was done by someone with a clear vision, and testament to that is that the leaves are a Normandy Vellum France paper, which is both a heavy and luxuriant stock. The paper was in common use between 1915 to 1925, anchoring our dating. However, we believe the aesthetic is late twenties to early thirties. Also included are two separate sheets, with three pages of pencil sketches, with some red watercolor employed in one of the drawings, for the artwork presumably that did not get entered into the book. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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La Belle Poule.  A l'Enseigne des Mille Pertuis, Fay, Clark(1894-1955)
3 Fay, Clark(1894-1955) La Belle Poule. A l'Enseigne des Mille Pertuis
Folder. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1930s. Folio, 39 by 29 cm. Eleven plates, including title page, housed in a silver folder. The artwork depicts showgirls and their patrons of the shadowy Parisian nightlife demimonde. The style is very much in the style of George Grosz, who almost certainly was a strong influence on Fay in this project. Here we see the lecherous patrons, generally looking like gluttonous capitalists, and the jaded, lewd showgirls generally in a state of dishabille. Coming across very clearly, though, is their solidarity with one another, and there is a strong whiff of lesbianism in their bond, although it should be emphasized that this is never explicit. The ambivalence of the pieces applies to other aspects of them and is in fact a source of their power. There is also an interracial element to the ladies, with black performers among them. At the time, the free and easy relationship among the races probably had a shock value; one wonders whether indeed this was one venue where racial tensions simply melted away among its denizens. The plates have touches of bright color, with the charcoal shading and crisp pencil lines creating an overall tenebrous, netherworldly atmosphere. Fay was an American illustrator who studied with N.C. Wyeth and became a regular contributor to "The Saturday Evening Post" and "The Delineator". He spent much of his career in and around Paris and London, eventually moving outside of Paris, then London, full-time. Scarce, with the only known copy, and this is of only a single lithograph of the set, at Harvard. Moderate wear and soiling to the metallic silver pastedown on the outside folder. Light soiling in the margin of the title plate. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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4 Loughery, John The Other Side of Silence. Men's Lives and Gay Identities: A Twentieth Century History
New York A John Macrae Book. Henry Holt and Company 1998 First Edition Cloth Fine Fine Jacket 

Price: 15.00 USD
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5 Major, Henry Gay Philospher Bust Figurine and Paperweight
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Advertising giveaway (one assumes) of Monger Enterprises, Memphis TN. (This company's name, address and phone are printed on the marble base.) The figurine is a sculptural rendering of a popular comic strip character of the day. The base is 8 cm square, and the item is 9 cm from the bottom to the top of the "Gay Philosopher"'s rumpled hat. The sculpture appears to have been made of a composite material. Some of the colors have been lightly rubbed, but it remains a colorful figurine. Felt bottom to the base. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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6 Spring, Justin Secret Historian. The life and times of Samuel Steward, professor, tattoo artist, and sexual renegade
New York Farrar, Staus and Giroux 2011 Softcover Very Good Plus 
Light wear 
Price: 9.00 USD
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The Work of Stowitts for The Fox God.  Lyric Ballet in 3 Acts. Poem by Templeton Crocker.  Music by Joseph Redding, Stowitts, Hubert Julian
7 Stowitts, Hubert Julian "Jay" The Work of Stowitts for The Fox God. Lyric Ballet in 3 Acts. Poem by Templeton Crocker. Music by Joseph Redding
Hollywood, CA George Palmer Putnam Inc. 1939 Limited Signed Edition Buckram cloth Near Fine 
No. 371 of 400 limitation. Printed by Bernard Freres and plates engraved by Deichel-Ploquin in 1928. Folio, 15.5 by 13.5 inches, 40 by 34 cm. 44 pp, followed by 50 color plates with text on versos. With a total of 53 tipped-in, full page color plates, and 6 other tipped-in color illustrations, along with some red and gilt text illustrations or ornamentation. This is an elaborately produced, unique volume containing the classic Chinese Opera "Fay-Yen-Fah", along with the traditional designs, costumes and decor, as illustrated in Stowitts decorations and color plates. Hubert Julian "Jay" Stowitts (1892-1953) was a true polymath -- a gifted athlete, he willed himself to become a dancer after being swept away watching a performance, and within a few years he was discovered by the famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and traveled as a successful dancer throughout the Americas and Europe, becoming the first American to star with a Russian ballet troupe. After a solo career, Stowitts retired from dancing and began a new career as a painter and occasional film actor. He traveled and lived in the Far East and South Asia, where he produced 155 paintings he called "Vanishing India." At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, his exhibition of fifty-five paintings of nude male American athletes caused a "sensation." The Nazis closed the exhibit down, partly because it showed depictions of Jewish and African-American athletes. Stowitts was fascinated by Eastern religion and philosophy and much of his later work reflects his exploration of these ideas. In this Stowitts can be viewed rightly as a kind of visionary and precursor for ideas that gained wider acceptance in the West in the 1960s and after. The buckram binding, which appears to be a bit later, has washed out color and minor deterioration in the front upper spine area and a few limited spots of washed out discoloration. Otherwise, the binding is tight and the interior is bright and fresh. 
Price: 2450.00 USD
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8 Wyneken, Gustav Eros
Lauenberg, Elbe, Germany Adolf Saal Verlag 1924 First Edition, later printing (1,600 to 1,700) Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 72 pp. Light wear to the wraps. Clean within. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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