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

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.

Desmond Hogan: A New Shirt

In Dublin in 1984 and 1985 an old man entertains young Dublin destitutes while his mind escapes to the 1940s when he sailed to the United States searching for an American bisexual poet.
Stephen Spender; The Temple, signed

Signed edition of Stephen Spender's autobiographical novel about a young Oxford poet on holiday in Germany in the late 1920s, the bronzed young Germans he meets and the friendships, parties, sexuality and nudism.

Giles Cooper: The Other Man

From our Sci-Fi & Fantasy section
Alternate history: in 1940 after the death of Churchill's in France, peace has been agreed with Germany and the UK is slowly Nazified
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



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


"the true story of an all-American boy becoming all woman"
first edition: 1965

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

Lesbian




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

Transgender




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...
(1927)

And more . . .



THE HOMOMONUMENT

guide and granite from
the original monument

BODY AND MIND

classic 1970s erotica - some with interesting stories

CHANSONS D'AMOUR

The Songs of Bilitis
in the original French



SINNER OR SAINT

biography of the
iconoclastic writer

LET'S DANCE

portraits of the famous company

FROST

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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