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.

Recent additions Rare and old gay, lesbian and transgender

BEL AMI / Postcard Book 2 "Intimate Friends"
coloured booklet 15.2cm * 10.8cm
app 24 stiff postcards of Bel Ami film stars, nude, but not all full-frontal. Cover has creases and spine is worn but inside undamaged
our ref: 002552
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Bel Ami Postcard Book 2 Intimate Friends

Sexual Heretics
Male Homosexuality in English Literature from 1850 to 1900

UK hardback, 1970 (1st ed), ISBN n/a, 459pp

Anthology of poetry and fiction of the period, together with 55 page introduction

ref 002549, £12.00

Reade Sexual Heretics

Our Trans section is open again with items from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including the following:

Roberta Cowell's Story
by herself

UK hardback, 1954 (1st ed), ISBN n/a, 154pp

Early - perhaps first - published autobiography by a British transsexual

ref 002534, £25.00

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Roberta Cowell's Story

Gilbert Oakley D Psy

Man Into Woman

UK hardback, 1964 (1st ed), ISBN n/a, 248pp

introduction of the topic of transsexuality for the general reader, with focus on one individual changing sex

ref 002540, £20.00

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Oakley Man Into Woman

Harriett Gilbert

Hotels with Empty Rooms

UK hardback, 1973 (1st ed), ISBN 034017014X, 142pp

Painter in a hotel in Brittany meets a girl who is a boy who is a murderer . . .

ref 002537, £8.00

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Stoller The Transsexual Experiment

In Cheap Fiction you'll find, among others, these titles:

Kim Carlson

Breakfast in Bedlam

UK paperback, 1991 (1st ed), ISBN 0854491686
"a surreal landscape of gothic horror and lust; a black comedy with a psychological hard-on" back cover blurb

ref 002527, £10.00

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Mike Seabrook

Unnatural Relations

UK paperback 1989 (1st ed), ISBN 0854491163

"two young people facing a brutal assault on their human rights " back cover blurb

ref 002516, £8.00

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Science-Fiction and Fantasy

W D Gann

The Tunnel Thru The Air: Looking Back from 1940

US hardback 1990, originally published 1927

Little-known novel that combined an expert look at the stock market (two years before the 1929 crash) with predictions of a forthcoming war

ref 002554, £15.00 more details and to order

Featured Rare and old gay, lesbian and transgender

Man Alive!
Books, photographs & ephemera depicting men in portraits, clothed, nude & sexually active
our latest catalogue
Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance

The gay novel that defined
the pre-HIV/AIDS generation:
from our selection of cheap fiction

Rare / Antiquarian

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

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

And more . . .


guide and granite from
the original monument


classic 1970s erotica - some with interesting stories


The Songs of Bilitis
in the original French


handsome men
from Venice to Sicily


Buzz Cardigan fights
the enemies of freedom


two gay men - one is the 'mother' of their child

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

Arbery Books also sells secondhand and rare mainstream titles.

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