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.
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, including the following.
Pre-Second World War we have bisexual novelist David Garnett's
Go She Must!, about a clergyman's
daughter disappointed in love, Norman Douglas' thick and sometimes eccentric autobiography
and A Class Apart,
James Gardiner's 1992 selection of the private photographs of good-looking men, taken by World War One hero Montague Glover.
From 1965 comes 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
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
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.
Lyle Heeter, 1979, from Mapplethorpe's book
Damon Galgut (1988)
added fiction includes a signed first edition of Edmund White's
The Beautiful Room Is Empty, Damon Galgut's collection
Small Circle of Beings
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. Finally, two famous names come together in the first UK publication of Jean Genet's
The Thief's Journal,
signed by early UK homosexual rights advocate Peter Wildeblood.
Stories Toto Told Me
An Italian peasant youth and his
religious stories: the first six to appear
in book form
First edition: 1898
FROM OUR SCI-FI LIST
The War of the Worlds
H G Wells' classic novel
First edition: 1898
Le Livre Blanc
Classic gay novel first published anonymously in 1928
First UK edition: 1969
Lord Alfred Douglas
First edition: 1935
An 1899 edition of The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Prisoner C.3.3. (Oscar Wilde)
has just been freed from our care for a mere £25.50 in our October sale. In a pleasing coincidence we sold paperback and hardback versions of
Rudi van Dantzig's For A Lost Soldier to different buyers on the same day (£42.50 and £127.50 respectively). We have also 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. Much slimmer, and at a mere £30, was The Green Bay Tree, a play whose gay subject matter made it notorious when it premiered in 1933, and which will be revived at the
Jermyn Street Theatre in London at the end of November.
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.
Of interest . . .
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
MEN IN OILS
pictures by Bloomsbury painter Duncan Grant
portraits of the famous company
Richard Amory's classic novel of father-son conflict
Periodicals and Ephemera
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
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