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  • The Way of the East –  Arthur Weigall – First Edition 1924

    The Way of the East – Arthur Weigall – First Edition 1924

    Published by Fisher Unwin, London a first edition 1924. Blue cloth covered boards, 318 pages, the odd spot mark but on the whole a pretty good copy of a scarce and worthwhile book.

    An unusual romance involving the English (Colonel Romance) in Egypt. The setting and circumstances demand an explanation by the author for which he apologises. He need not as it is all quite dapper and intriguing.

    Rare first edition from literary Egyptologist

    Arthur Weigall (1880-1934) was a distinguished Egyptologist and author of biographies of Cleopatra, Marc Anthony, Alexander the Great, Nero and Sappho. He studied hieroglyphics at Oxford: by age 24, he was appointed Inspector General of Antiquities for Upper Egypt and supervised excavations in the Valley of the Kings. During his career, Weigall made several important discoveries, mostly about the reign, life and death of Akhnaton. Later in life he wrote novels, stage plays, poems and was rather successful.

    $80.00

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  • Memoirs of a Coxcomb – John Cleland – Numbered Limited Hand-Made Paper – 1926

    Memoirs of a Coxcomb – John Cleland – Numbered Limited Hand-Made Paper – 1926

    A fine edition by Fortune Press, London 1926. Original quarter mottled calf over marbled papers, gilt titles. Number 389 of a limited 575 copies printed on Verge Montgolfier hand-made paper by Maurice Darantier. Very light rubbing a very good if not fine copy.

    John Cleland the author of Fanny Hill, which he wrote in debtors prison. Memoirs of a Coxcomb was first published in 1751 and contains a parody of Mary Wortley Montagu who is famous for her Turkish letters (her description of nudes inspired Ingres in his famous painting of same), spurning Alexander Pope and other “love affairs”.

    A witty and complex portrait of aristocratic life in the 18th century through the memoirs of our vain dandy our coxcomb, Sir William Delamore. A sophisticated examination of masculine identity in direct contrast to Fanny Hill.

    Coxcomb Memoirs Proudly Presented – beautifully written.

    $120.00

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  • Pantopia – Frank Harris – 1930 – Numbered Limited Edition in Fine Condition

    Pantopia – Frank Harris – 1930 – Numbered Limited Edition in Fine Condition

    A first edition and a stunning presentation by Panurge Press, New York. The condition is something to be seen and could be described as “as new”. A limited edition of 1250 copies of which this is number 591. The edition was printed “ for private circulation among adult collectors of literary curiosities”.

    Octavo, 229 pages of thick rich paper rough cut edges, sky blue cloth covers with embossed “leaf”’ design and panelling. Gilt devices to front, rear and spine, top edge richly gilt.

    Harris wrote a Preface where he states that this could be his best work. He took some time over it and was partly worried about censorship and when Lady Chatterley’s Lover came out he had to remove parts of Pantopia as he believed that he may be accused of plagiarism.

    Pantopia may be described as allegorical science fiction. The hero Phil Meredith is shipwrecked on a strange island Pantopia where the people speak a kind of Spanish and have advanced technology. The book predicts the invention of sonar. He meets Aura with whom he falls in love. After various social complexities Phil eventually escapes the island with Aura and they are rescued by a passing English ship. The narrative having concluded the book takes on an unusual structure with a series of letters from Aura to Phil of a romantic semi-erotic nature.

    Pantopia (Ideal is Everywhere) it is, and in perfect condition. Romantic gift from 1930

    $90.00

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  • Aphrodisiacs and Ant-Aphrodisiacs – John Davenport – Very good First Edition – Privately Printed 1869

    Aphrodisiacs and Ant-Aphrodisiacs – John Davenport – Very good First Edition – Privately Printed 1869

    Aphrodisiacs and Ant-Aphrodisiacs – Three Essays on the Power of Reproduction; with Some account of the Judicial “Congress” as Practiced in France During the Seventeenth Century

    Privately printed, London 1869 by the author John Davenport (1789-1877) pioneering British sexologist. Sheep backed Roxburghe style boards. Very good condition. Small quarto, 154 pages after preliminaries with seven illustrations. Very good if not better. The papered boards a bit rubbed but barely noticeable given the style of the paper. Internally very clean belies its age.

    Essay I – Ancient Phallic Worship (India, America, Ireland, Wales, Germany etc.), the holy vinegar, Lampsacus, Godfrey de Douillon and Sir W Hamilton’s account of the Worship paid to Saints Cosmo and Damianus etc.

    Essay II – Impotency causes proper to Man and Woman, Moragagni quoted (see our medical section) Point-Tying and Montiagne’s curious story, Judicial congress and the advice of Dr Willicks upon the Sexual Intercourse etc.

    Essay III – Aphrodisiacs, The Mandarke or Dudaim, Rachel and Leah, the Knights Templar accused, Love potions and Venetian law against them, Richard II and Lady Grey and witchcraft, Aphrodisiacs used by the Amazons, Philters or love potions used by the ancients, Indian bang, Flagellation – Graham’s Celestial Bed etc.

    Very good condition 1868 pioneering book on many matters sexual – and the Celestial Bed!

    $120.00

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  • The Story of Nell Gwyn And the Sayings of Charles the Second – Cunningham – Private Printing 1927 Fine Condition

    The Story of Nell Gwyn And the Sayings of Charles the Second – Cunningham – Private Printing 1927 Fine Condition

    The Story of Nell Gwyn And the Sayings of Charles the Second – Related and Collected by Peter Cunningham with an introduction by John Drinkwater.

    Privately printed in London for the Navarre Society 1927. Very good if not fine condition. Original red cloth binding, octavo 194 pages after preliminaries on thick fine bright paper, red silk page ribbon. Top edge rich gilt very clean. Frontispiece of Nell in all her glory and a folding reproduction of Hollar’s view of London and thirty-eight portraits and views from rare contemporary (and relevant) prints.

    Nell Gwyn in all her finery – Private Printing 1927

    Nell Gwyn (1650–1687) actress and mistress to Charles II. Samuel Pepys referred to her as “Pretty witty Nell”. She was a great comedian and started as an “orange girl” at what is now the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She had two sons by Charles II one who died young and the other lived long and was granted an Earldom after she remarked when Charles approached “come on you little bastard here is your father”

    $70.00

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  • Forbidden Books (Victorian Erotica) – An Old Bibliophile – 1902 Privately Printed 375 Copies.

    Notes & Gossip on Tabooed Literature … The Old Bibliophile was John S Farmer. This book published for the author and his friends in Paris 1902.

    Limited edition of 375 copies. Small quarto 227 pages khaki marbled paper covered boards vignettes at chapter headings. Very good condition.

    Summaries of banned books largely with an erotic content. John Farmer was a brilliant lexicographer and this book is supposedly based on publications by Charles Carrington who was known for his naughtiness.

    Rare and naughty from the Old Bibliophile

    $140.00

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