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.

August 2014

We are currently cataloguing a large purchase of modern (last 40 years) titles of gay interest. Among the first non-fiction books online are Private: the Erotic Art of Duncan Grant (pictured), Jeremy Seabrook's Love in a different climate: Men who have sex with men in India, Adrian Caesar's Taking it like a man: Suffering, sexuality and the war poets and pioneering gay film director Peter de Rome's autobiography The Erotic World of Peter de Rome.

Previously we added some very rare books, including first editions of Frederick Rolfe's Hadrian VII and Stories Toto Told Me, as well as the 1932 gay play Queer People and its revised version Tragedy in Jermyn Street (1934), both with inscriptions by author Michael Hill.


Stories Toto Told Me
Baron Corvo

An Italian peasant youth and his religious stories: the first six to appear in book form

First edition: 1898


The War of the Worlds
H G Wells' classic novel

First edition: 1898

In the aftermath of war

A powerful novel of lost love

1st English edition 1996 £50

South American journey

One of Christopher Isherwood's lesser-known books

1st edition 1949 £35

Recent additions
Joseph Durey de Sauvoy, Marquis Du Terrail Le Masque, ou anecdotes particulieres du Chevalier de *** (1750) novel of love and intrigue, translated in 1926 as The Masked Lady £350
Pierre Sylvain Maréchal
(attributed to)
Contes Saugrenus (1789) collection of humorous, erotic and exotic stories £350

Gay / gay interest
Martyn Goff A Sort of Peace
(1960, first edition)
Goff was gay; this novel about conflict between a patient and hospital sister has little or no gay content £10.00
J R Ackerley We Think The World Of You
(1962, 1st ed, 3rd imp)
middle-aged man's interest in younger man £10.00
Richard Chopping The Ring
(1967 first edition)
little-known novel of man, his mother, his secret gay life £8.00

Gay interest: other languages
announcing repeal of anti-gay law in newly independent republic
newsletter, Latvia, 1992
Okay magazine, Poland, 1992
Somos newsletter, Argentina, 1978

Science Fiction
Mark Wicks To Mars via The Moon (1911) early science fiction novel £45.00


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

Old Gay Books


Compton Mackenzie's
Thin Ice in Italian


classic 1970s erotica - some with interesting stories


The life of a public schoolboy 100 years ago


The classic post-Stonewall pre-AIDS novel of NYC


portraits of the famous company


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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