Rare and old gay, lesbian and transgender books and ephemera

Founded in 2009, Arbery Books is the UK's leading online dealer in rare and secondhand books and ephemera of gay, lesbian and transgender interest. Our other fields of interest are sexuality in general and antiquarian (pre-1900) curiosities, erotica, picaresque and sexual behaviour. Recently we have added early science-fiction and fantasy to our lists.

We ship worldwide, usually within one working day of receiving an order. £ prices include UK postage and packing. Where $ prices are given, they include postage to the USA.

October 2014

This month sees our last sale of the year - 15% off all titles until 28th October. Meanwhile we're continuing to upload a large backlog in books.

From 1965 we have My Unique Change by Hedy Jo Star, previously known as Carl Hammonds - "the unique story of the first man in America to become a woman". 1972 sees The Gay Crusaders - interviews with 15 lesbian and gay activists.

From the 1990s: Pictures - black and white photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe: mostly portraits of gay men

Lyle Heeter, 1979
involved in leather and / or sado-masochism, including some sexually explicit pictures. Other recently catalogued titles include volume 8 / 9 of The European Gay Review, with fiction, poetry and essays by such writers as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Christoph Geiser, Gregory Woods, Jeremy Reed, Ferenc Karinthy, Andrew Holleran, Yves Navarre and Jean Cocteau; and Sweet Tea, E Patrick Johnson's fascinating study of black gay men in the southern United States - which both confirms and demolishes stereotypes of race, sexuality and Southern lives.

Newly added fiction includes a signed first edition of Edmund White's The Beautiful Room Is Empty and an increasingly rare example of Sixteen and a Half, one of the Diary of the Teens series first published in the 1940s about life at a British boarding school in the early 20th century.


Stories Toto Told Me
Baron Corvo

An Italian peasant youth and his
religious stories: the first six to appear
in book form

First edition: 1898


The War of the Worlds
H G Wells' classic novel

First edition: 1898

Le Livre Blanc
Jean Cocteau

Classic gay novel first published anonymously in 1928

First UK edition: 1969

Lord Alfred Douglas

Late poetry

First edition: 1935

Recent sales

One of these coindicences . . . A few days ago we sold paperback and hardback versions of Rudi van Dantzig's For A Lost Soldier to different buyers within a single day. (£42.50 and £127.50 respectively - part of our October sale. Earlier in the month we said goodbye to George W Henry's Sex Variants: A Study of Homosexual Patterns, published in 1950 and weighing over 1kg (2lbs for older readers), as well as the first US edition of the Marquis de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom, an equally heavy tome.

In September we sent Gerald Berner's 1930s spoof The Girls of Radcliff Hall to New York for the bargain price of £925 and waved farewell to Paul Buckland's 1959 story of love and drag queens in A Chorus of Witches, complete with dustjacket, for £60. We also sold our entire stock of Canada's pioneering gay magazine Body Politic to a Swedish collector, while a university library in the United States spent several hundred pounds on an eclectic collection of UK and US fiction.

Our recent move from London to Edinburgh caused some disruption, and we are grateful to customers who had to wait up to a fortnight for their delivery. Thanks to everyone, and we look forward to maintaining existing relationships and developing new ones from our new home.


We have books and ephemera in several languages, including this playscript and theatre programme from a 1980 play about male prostitution in Brazil.


La Secte des Anandrynes /
Confession de Mademoiselle Sapho
Reprint of a 1784 publication about a secret society of lesbians in the upper ranks of French society

Old Gay Books


Compton Mackenzie's
Thin Ice in Italian


classic 1970s erotica - some with interesting stories


The life of a public schoolboy 100 years ago


The classic post-Stonewall pre-AIDS novel of NYC


portraits of the famous company


Richard Amory's classic novel of father-son conflict

Periodicals and Ephemera

Physique magazines from the 1950s; gay lifestyle magazines from the 1960s onwards. UK, US and many other countries.

periodicals in English
periodicals in other languages

Leaflets, political documents, travel guides etc, 1970s onwards, from several countries.

gay ephemera

Books wanted

We buy old and rare gay, lesbian and transgender books, periodicals and ephemera. We are primarily interested in hardbacks and periodicals published before 1990 and paperbacks and ephemera published before 1980, but we consider all offers. We also buy rare books of any subject matter. Contact us if you have a single copy or a whole library for sale.
books on our wanted list

Theme Pages

See our current stock by / about / from

Jean Cocteau

Jean Genet

André Gide

Joseph Hansen

The Fortune Press
Robin Maugham

James Purdy

Frederick Rolfe / Baron Corvo

Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas

Arbery Books also sells secondhand and rare mainstream titles.

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