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.
A useful gay guide to London, published in 1979 / 1980, complete with fold-out map showing where
gay or gay-friendly businesses were located. A must-have for couples with moustaches and tight trousers.
We keep adding old gay periodicals, including more copies of Gay News, the British fortnightly that once boasted of being the world's largest circulation
newspaper for homosexuals, copies of the short-lived 1976 paper Gay Week.
and the wide-ranging literary paper Gay Sunshine.
A conviction for indecent exposure led Australian writer Gerald Glaskin
to publish No End to the Way in the UK under the pseudonym of Neville Jackson. It's unusual in that it is written in the second person; it opens
"You know all too well that you have just to go in, that it will be impossible for you not to go in, because it's Saturday night".
French writer Roger Peyrefitte came to fame with his story of chaste boarding-school love, Les Amitiés Particulières,
which was translated into English as Special Friendships. We have the first UK edition.
Now We Are Pope - Frederick Rolfe in Venice
In this new one-man play by writer - and owner of
Arbery Books - Martin Foreman, eccentric and cantankerous writer Frederick Rolfe (1860 - 1913) rejoices in exile and the gondoliers of Venice. Alone in his room, he relives his most famous novel, Hadrian VII.
Arbery Books is offering two tickets for the price of one at the opening run of
Now We Are Pope, at The London Theatre in New Cross, London, from 18 - 23 March. The play is running with another one-man
piece by Martin, Angel, about a priest torn between his vow of celibacy and his sexual desire.
Click on the pictures for more information.
To take advantage of this two-for-one offer, email us at
specifying the performance and number of tickets (limited to four per applicant) needed.
Can you help? We regularly buy old rare books ephemera and are pleased to look for titles on our customers' behalf. Currently we're trying to find
Gard, Hang-Up and The Piano Player by James Colton (an early pseudonym of Joseph Hansen).
The History of Flagellants
nuns, whips and more: a comprehensive study
The Earl of Rochester's Life and Death
as seen by Bishop Burnet
Rebound, 1692 £350
In the aftermath of war
The powerful novel of lost love in the Netherlands
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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