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.

October 2014

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 Looking Back 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



Lyle Heeter, 1979 from Mapplethorpe's book
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 Sweet Tea, 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.

Newly added fiction includes a signed first edition of Edmund White's The Beautiful Room Is Empty 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.


RARE





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
£275

FROM OUR SCI-FI LIST




The War of the Worlds
H G Wells' classic novel



First edition: 1898
£500
SECONDHAND




Le Livre Blanc
Jean Cocteau



Classic gay novel first published anonymously in 1928

First UK edition: 1969
£40






Sonnets
Lord Alfred Douglas



Late poetry


First edition: 1935
£40


Recent sales

One of these coindicences . . . we recently sold paperback and hardback versions of Rudi van Dantzig's For A Lost Soldier to different buyers within a single day. (£42.50 and £127.50 respectively - part of our October sale). Earlier in the month we 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.

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.


OTHER LANGUAGES


We have books and ephemera in several languages, including this playscript and theatre programme from a 1980 play about male prostitution in Brazil.







LESBIAN INTEREST


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



TIME TO CHOOSE

young Moroccan man leaves his male lover for a woman

BODY AND MIND

classic 1970s erotica - some with interesting stories

TEEN TALES

The life of a public schoolboy 100 years ago



MEN IN OILS

pictures by Bloomsbury painter Duncan Grant

LET'S DANCE

portraits of the famous company

FROST

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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