Bertholf, Robert Volume 2, No. 1 of the literary magazine, including work by Robert Duncan, Michael Palmer, Joel Oppenheimer, Ed Dorn, Joanne Kyger, and several others. 8.5'' x 7''. Original saddle-stapled yellow pictorial wrappers. 111,  pages. Minor soil to last leaf. Moderate edgewear, spine sunned.
Lamott, Kenneth; Kentfield, Calvin; Connell, Evan S. Winter '64 issue of the literary and arts magazine with work from James Schevill, Mark McCloskey, Ruth Bernhard, Mordecai Gorelik, and others. 11'' x 8.5''. Original ochre and black wrappers. 80 pages. Heavy scuffing to spine, a few light scuff marks to front cover. Owner name in black marker above masthead.
Brecht, George First separate edition of Brecht's essay on automatism and other artistic processes incorporating chance, reprinted from its original appearance in Collage magazine as a Great Bear Pamphlet by Something Else Press. 8.5'' x 5.5''. Original saddle-stapled yellow printed wrapper. 15 pages. Moderate edgewear; light soil and a few small tears to wrappers.
Morgan, Rudd Rare sleaze erotica from the far end of the '60s, with an extraordinary cover depicting two cat-women and a nude bongo player. Infamous beatsploitation with a classic cover image. Uncommon, especially in this condition. 7'' x 4''. Original pictorial wrappers. Rapture #239. 151,  pages followed by publisher's advertisements. Minor edgewear.
Bannon, Ann First edition of Bannon's story of an inadvertently taboo-breaking heterosexual couple, including several characters from her earlier Beebo Brinker series. 7'' x 4.25''. Original pictorial wrappers. 190 pages followed by publisher's advertisements. Misattributed to Vin Packer (Marijane Meaker) on final page ("THE END / of an Original Gold Medal Novel by Vin Packer"). Light edgewear, slight spine lean.
Foran, Tom Uncommon first edition of this prototypical early '60s lesbian pulp novel set in an evocative twilit New York of abstract expressionists and jazz cigarettes, bloviating artists and lascivious beatnik roommates. 7'' x 4.25''. Original pictorial wrappers. All edges tinted yellow. Beacon B644F K. 154 pages followed by publisher's advertisements. Light edgewear.
Greco, H. Presumed first edition of this photo-illustrated erotic pulp thriller, full of sex, violence, Cold War sleaze, and poisoned brandy. Following the best practices of espionage tradecraft, the publisher of this sub-Flemingian adventure eliminated from its pages all clues to its issue and origin (save for the $3.25 printed cover price.) The story itself can be approximately dated by the cameo appearance of "Miss Marlene Dietrich, queen of the nightclubs, slither[ing] onto the stage" in a white diamonté sheath dress and fox fur; also by the use of a Ford Zephyr. Scarce. 7'' x 4''. Original pictorial wrappers. Illustrated with black and white photographs of nude women (presumably spies). Unpaginated. Price sticker residue to front cover, red remainder mark to lower edge of text block. Minor traces of soil and edgewear to wrappers.
Bannon, Ann Signed first edition of Bannon's story of an inadvertently taboo-breaking heterosexual couple, including several characters from her earlier Beebo Brinker series. 7'' x 4.25''. Original pictorial wrappers. 190 pages followed by publisher's advertisements. Misattributed to Vin Packer (Marijane Meaker) on final page ("THE END / of an Original Gold Medal Novel by Vin Packer"). Signed and dated by Bannon on title page. Slight lean. Else bright, sharp, and sound.
Hubaut, Joel Uncommon avant-garde synth & "guitare fuzz" 7'' single by Joël Hubaut & Manou + Déficit des Années, with the original elaborate packaging and mail-art inserts. 7'' x 7''. Text in French with some German and English. White cardboard box with red and white paper labels. 7'' x 7'' cover illustration present but detached from cover. Contains: 1. 7'' vinyl record in original paper sleeve. 2. 2'' x 3'' card printed with an invitation to a third world war. 3. (6)-page accordion-folded leaflet printed in red on pink paper. 4. Single sheet, illustrated and printed recto and verso, titled "ACTIVITIES DE RECHERCHE SUR DIAGRAMMES DE K," folded as issued. 5. 11'' x 14.5'' art print on computer printout paper, folded as issued. Outer cardboard packaging scuffed and bent, with cover art detached as described; internal contents about fine.
Inscribed first trade edition and publisher's proof of Stephen Berg's meditations on the work of Russian poet Anna Akhnatova, with Stanley Plumley's notes to rear. It is evident based on Berg's inscription that Plumley had seen an earlier draft of what would become WITH AKHMATOVA AT THE BLACK GATES. Evidently, Plumley found the "final form" inspiring, underlining resonant lines and writing verses at the rear. A nice association copy, with proof. 8'' x 5.25'' (book); 8.25'' x 5.5'' (proof). Original green and white pictorial wrapper. xii, 68 pages. Inscribed by Berg to half-title page, "For Stanley / with much affection & / admiration - / & the hope that / he can bear to read / this again, in its / 'final form.'" Some pen underlining throughout text, with longer notes by Plumley to inner rear wrapper. Proof with green wrapper, two hole punched and metal band bound, with clipping about the book tipped on. Proof with a hint of edgewear, clipping coming a bit loose. Book with light edgewear, mild sunning to spine. Hinges a touch brittle. Firm.
First edition of Bukowski's second full-length collection, issued by Epos, a major early supporter. One of approximately 500 copies [see Krumhansl 7]. Original printed yellow wrappers. 26 pages. Touches wear to yapp edge. Mild toning, rubbing to edges. Else a bright, clean example.
First edition of this pulp cri de coeur from a drug-addled teen lost in a "fuzzy twilight" of heroin, jazz records, and post-war atomic dread. 7'' x 4''. Original pictorial wrappers. Cover Kodachrome by Vincent Colletta. All edges tinted red. 159,  pages. Ink snudge to front top corner of cover. Light edgewear, minor soil to back cover.
First edition of this lurid '50s lesbian pulp novel, in which a tempestuous sculptor with a whip fascinates a cabaret dancer with a past. QUEER AFFAIR has everything: a brooding ex-girlfriend in a white velvet tuxedo jacket, a repressed memory of a traumatic bullfight, a Frank Uppwall cover recycled from 1954's GUTTER STAR, and an unconvincing heterosexual resolution recycled from Sigmund Freud. A classic. Scarce, especially in this condition. 7'' x 4.25''. Original pictorial wrappers by Frank Uppwall. All edges tinted yellow. 188 pages followed by publisher's advertisements. Beacon Book 135. Trace edgewear.
Scarce final issue (the fourteenth) of Sander's legendary and infamous mimeo, printed "At a Secret Location on the Lower East Side" - from the library of poet and publisher Kenward Elmslie. In January 1966, Sander's Peace Eye Bookstore was raided by police for distribution of obscene material and copies of FU (including this final issue) were confiscated. It seems reasonable to assume this issue's scarcity (and its terminality) are directly related to this incident. Contributors to this installment include Ted Berrigan, John Wieners, Al Fowler, Gilbert Sorrentino, Robert Kelly, and others - including Joe Brainard, whose longtime partner Kenward Elmslie's copy this is. Along with the debut and Mad Motherfucker (with its infamous Warhol cover, which undoubtedly contributed to the Peace Eye raid) issues, one of the most difficult numbers of FU to acquire. 11'' x 8.5''. Side-stapled pictorial wraps. Mimeographed throughout. Cover by Sanders. Near fine or better. Toning to edges, some soiling. Mild edgewear. Else sound and bright. Though not noted, from the collection of Kenward Elmslie.
First edition of this classic midcentury coming-of-age novel, packaged as a beatnik lesbian exploitation extravaganza but written with more than the usual allowance of wit and sensitivity. Notable both for the quality of its writing and for its lesbian character's rare happy ending, THE GIRLS IN 3-B also includes an iconic scene of self-discovery through literature: Given a book to read by her crush, Barby finds "such a story as she had never read before. It was the story of a young woman who, growing up, rejected the love of men and was lost in loneliness for the years of her girlhood, only to find a kind of love she had never known existed-the passionate unselfish love of another woman. [.] It was like stepping into a new world." A classic in multiple ways, it was reprinted by The Feminist Press in 2003. Increasingly scarce in its first edition. 7'' x 4.25''. Original pictorial wrappers by James Alfred Meese. All edges tinted red. 159,  pages. Light edgewear and creasing to wrappers; small pen squiggle to back cover.
Scarce wide-eyed pulp exposé of the lesbian bars, codes, conventions, and secret underground cabals of mid-'60s America. Purportedly the chronicle of an undercover investigation by intrepid reporter "Doris Hanson," SECRET LESBIAN SOCIETY records the author's interviews and flirtations with film stars, models, and librarians, from Las Vegas to Santa Monica, all while trying earnestly not to forget her boyfriend back home. "I feel no need to apologize for anything I've ever done," one woman tells her. "Do I look unhappy? Hardly." Campy, sleazy, occasionally sincere. 6.25'' x 4.25''. Original pictorial wrappers. An Original Imperial Book. 192 pages. Light edgewear and scuffing to wrappers; corner crease to front cover.
First paperback edition of Brock's early lesbian romantic melodrama, originally published in 1935 and reissued by Avon with this classic cover illustration by famed Nancy Drew cover artist Rudy Nappi. 7'' x 4''. Original pictorial wrappers by Rudolph Nappi. Avon Eton E 121. 142 pages. Light edgewear and creasing to covers.
Offprint of this article on the harmful effects of potassium cyanide on a variety of plants and animals, by "one of the [Civil] War's foremost medical researchers" (Breeden, 376). Potassium cyanide had a number of applications when this article was published in 1877: it was used in photographic processes, gilding, and even in medicine. It is still used today by entomologists to collect specimens. Here, Joseph Jones rather harrowingly describes the results of potassium cyanide poisoning on various plants and animals, as well as people. 9.5'' x 6''. Original self-wrappers, side-stitched. 22 pages, numbered 773-794. Stamp of the Medical Library Association of Brooklyn to front wrapper. Light edgewear and toning. mild soil; small area of early adhesive to spine. Each leaf with very shallow crease to the center. Sound.
Signed special limited first printing of this collection of witty and saucy poems from the winner of the 1971 Cholmondeley Award, with dust jacket and frontispiece illustrated by Michael Foreman. THE GUARDIAN identifies Michael Foreman as "one of the best-known British writer-illustrators," in part thanks to his remarkable output: since he began his career in 1961, he has published over 300 books for children and adults. He has earned two Kate Greenaway Medals, and has twice been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. 8.5'' x 6.5''. Original brown and black cloth boards. Original unclipped (no price) brown pictorial dust jacket. 64 pages. Signed by Ewart to colophon, numbered 50 of 100.
Very scarce inscribed first edition in book form of Preston's gay S&M erotic cult classic. First published in serial installments in DRUMMER magazine, "a first draft of leather history" and "a people's magazine that helped invent modern gay publishing as we know it" (Fritscher), MR. BENSON immediately acquired a legion of devoted fans. After a three-year struggle to find a cooperative printer, Preston's groundbreaking novel finally appeared in its entirety, re-edited and with an added epilogue. It is introduced by DRUMMER editor Robert Payne (John Embry), who wrote: "John Preston has created a masterpiece not only in the leather and SM world, but in gay publishing." 8.25'' x 5''. Original wrappers. 131,  pages. Inscribed by Preston on title page, with two stray pen strokes to facing page. Light edgewear, minor scuffing to spine.