MAY - JUNE 2016
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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.

We're buying
Sales have been good in the last few months and our stocks are running low. If you have any old LGBT books, periodicals and ephemera you want to dispose of contact us.

Recent additions

Sandel by Angus Stewart 1st edition

First edition of the famous novel chronicling the intense love affair between two teenagers
Spurt magazine

From the 1990s:
readers' "true" confessions and photographs from the days before internet erotica

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, but this volume, published in 1692,
conveys his views on religion as he neared death.
First Edition Hadrian VII

Hadrian VII by Frederick Rolfe
first edition (1904)

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


Extraordinary Women
Compton Mackenzie's comic take on the expatriate lesbians of Capri
(signed by author)

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


graphic sex meets


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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