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.

April 2014

We're running our first-ever sale this month. 15% off all titles across the board, UK postage included.

Recent additions include rare first editions of Denton Welch's Maiden Voyage (1943) and In Youth Is Pleasure (1944). They depict the writer's adolescence and youth, the former as autobiography, the latter as a novel.

Too much sex . . .   We have a large number of 1970s gay erotic novels on our shelves. It's time to pass them on to people who will care for them. We're offering 6 for £10, UK postage included. Adults only. Check out the deal here.


The History of Flagellants
nuns, whips and more:
a comprehensive study

1785 £200

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

1st English edition 1996 £50.00

South American journey

One of Christopher Isherwood's lesser-known books

1st edition 1949 £35.00

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
Robert Aldrich (ed) Gay Life and Culture: A World History
(2006, first edition)
large volume with many illustrations £12.50
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
B R Burg Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition
(1995, 1st ed)
English sea rovers in the seventeenth-century Caribbean £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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