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 topics are sexuality in general, antiquarian (pre-1900) curiosities, erotica and sexual behaviour, and early science-fiction and fantasy.

We ship worldwide, usually within one working day of receiving an order. £ prices include UK postage and packing. $ includes to the USA and € includes postage within the eurozone.

Some of our titles are featured below; click the categories left for a more complete list.

Recent additions

Jeux d'Hommes Photographies érotiques clandestines 1895 – 1940

100-year-old pornography brought together in this 2008 catalogue of a French photographic exhibition.
La Charrette

Gay men (and a few lesbians) are everywhere, according to this satirical French magazine from 1923, complete with cartoons, articles and fiction.

Yet Trouble Came by Richard Blake Brown

Sir Valentine Pugin-Stuart, newly succeeded to the baronetcy, is the centre of this novel of encounter and intrigue. Baroque fiction from now-forgotten, openly gay writer.
Nineteenth Century Writings on Homosexuality

Key sourcebook for texts on love, sex, law, science from 1810 to 1914.

Philip K Dick, A Scanner Darkly Bob Pepper artwork

From our Sci-Fi & Fantasy section
Philip K Dick's masterpiece in a rare edition with a cover by Bob Pepper
Langston Hughes: The Complete Works

A complete 16-volume set of The Collected Works of Langston Hughes issued by the University of Missouri press in 2001-2003.

Rare / Antiquarian

The Earl of Rochester was famous for his bawdy writings, but this volume, published in 1692,
conveys his views on religion as he neared death.

The Songs of Meleager translated by
Frederick Rolfe with Sholto Douglas: 1937 edition

Other languages

Playscript and theatre programme from a 1980 Brazilian play about male prostitution

Der Unschuldige "the story of a transformation"
Rare pre-Nazi German gay fiction

Gai Pied
La voix des pédés français

the ground-breaking French magazine
1979 - 1991


La Secte des Anandrynes /
Confession de Mademoiselle Sapho

Reprint of a supposed 1784 publication about a secret society of lesbians in the upper ranks of French society

Poetry from the women's liberation and lesbian/gay liberation movements of the 1970s. Signed by the author


The Woman in Battle
A Narrative of the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez, otherwise known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate States Army (1876)

Yva Richard advertisements
The Paris couturier for all your drag needs - and for those saucy photographs you can't buy in London...

And more . . .


guide and granite from
the original monument


classic 1970s erotica - some with interesting stories


The Songs of Bilitis
in the original French


biography of the
iconoclastic writer


old man in Dublin remembers life in USA


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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