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  • Stories of Boccaccio (The Decameron), Giovanni Boccaccio, stated "eleven original etchings by Leopold Flameng" [actually P. Teyssonnieres] (Published for the Trade, London, nd [c. 1920?]) 8 1/8" X 5 5/8", 2 vol. in one, 310+307pp, hardbound no DJ, red cloth boards, top edge gilt, others are deckle, less than good condition, binding intact, boards soiled and loose but intact The Decameron, (subtitled Prencipe Galeotto or Prince Galehaut), is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. To make their exile more pleasant each of the ten tells the others one story every day. The Decameron records the narratives of ten days -- 100 stories. Boccaccio probably conceived of The Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353. These tales run the entire range of human emotion: grief, love, humor, anger, revenge. Many are based on oral folklore. Boccaccio's ten narrators thus retell already familiar stories about errant priests, rascally husbands, and mischievous wives. Variants of these stories are known in many cultures, but no one formulates them more cleverly or relates them more eloquently than does Boccaccio. In addition to its literary value and widespread influence, it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.
  • The Decameron of Boccaccio, Giovanni Boccaccio, illustrations Leopold Flameng (The Bibliophilist Society, nd [c. 1920? New York?]) 9 5/8" X 6 3/4", 307pp, hardbound black cloth no DJ, top edge dyed blue, fore edge deckle, good condition, spine marked "IIID" binding solid, bumped corners The Decameron, (subtitled Prencipe Galeotto or Prince Galehaut), is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. To make their exile more pleasant each of the ten tells the others one story every day. The Decameron records the narratives of ten days -- 100 stories. Boccaccio probably conceived of The Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353. These tales run the entire range of human emotion: grief, love, humor, anger, revenge. Many are based on oral folklore. Boccaccio's ten narrators thus retell already familiar stories about errant priests, rascally husbands, and mischievous wives. Variants of these stories are known in many cultures, but no one formulates them more cleverly or relates them more eloquently than does Boccaccio. In addition to its literary value and widespread influence, it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.
  • The Decameron of Boccaccio, Giovanni Boccaccio, illustrations Leopold Flameng (The Bibliophilist Society, nd [c. 1940? New York?]) 9 5/8" X 6 3/4", 307pp, hardbound black cloth with DJ, top edge dyed blue, fore edge deckle, good condition, bumped corners, binding solid, dust jacket in very poor shape (fragmented), illustrations on blue paper The Decameron, (subtitled Prencipe Galeotto or Prince Galehaut), is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. To make their exile more pleasant each of the ten tells the others one story every day. The Decameron records the narratives of ten days -- 100 stories. Boccaccio probably conceived of The Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353. These tales run the entire range of human emotion: grief, love, humor, anger, revenge. Many are based on oral folklore. Boccaccio's ten narrators thus retell already familiar stories about errant priests, rascally husbands, and mischievous wives. Variants of these stories are known in many cultures, but no one formulates them more cleverly or relates them more eloquently than does Boccaccio. In addition to its literary value and widespread influence, it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.
  • Merryland, Thomas Stretzer (Privately Issued, New York, Robin Hood House, 1932) 9 3/8" X 6 3/4", 136pp, hardbound no DJ, blue cloth boards, gilt lettering on spine, good condition, signed by previous owner, minor wrinkle pages 58/59 The Merryland books were a somewhat peculiar genre of English seventeenth and eighteenth century erotic fiction in which the female body was described in terms of a topographical metaphor derived from a pun on Maryland. Stretzer's book is typical of the genre in depicting the female body as a landscape that men explore, till, and plow. For example, he writes: "Her valleys are like Eden, her hills like Lebanon, she is a paradise of pleasure and a garden of delight."
  • Green Art Deco Bakelite Mirror 12 7/8" X 4 7/8", bevelled glass mirror, green bakelite handle 1920-30's Art Deco mirror, there is a small diamond shaped label which says "wilcox"
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    Lignum Vitae Plumbers Wooden Antique Turpin Beautiful plumbers turpin in heavy lignum vitae wood. Well worn and have the smooth patina and shape of a well used tool. Approx. 3 inches high with typical body cracks but completely intact. Undersurface is well hammered as is expected with these items which were used to expand the ends of lead piping by plumbers. No owners or makers marks.
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    Lignum Vitae Plumbers Wooden Antique Turpin Beautiful plumbers turpin in heavy lignum vitae wood. Well worn and have the smooth patina and shape of a well used tool. Approx. 3 inches high with typical body cracks but completely intact. Undersurface is well hammered as is expected with these items which were used to expand the ends of lead piping by plumbers. No owners or makers marks but circles on the bottom.
  • Ce n'est rien... N'ayez pas peur! [It's nothing .. Do not be afraid!], post card (D. D. déposé)
  • Dingle Hoofer and his Dog Aolph, (n.p. n.d.) 4.5" x 3", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled, cover detatched Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
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    Jiggs, (n.p. n.d.) 4.5" x 3", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
  • Stag Night, by Phillips Rogers (Prentice-Hall, Inc, New York, 1946) 6" x 8.5", 230pp, hardcover with DJ, red boards with black titles on spine, DJ in fair shape, yellowing throughout, binding good [from Dust Jacket] "Stag Night is a revealing novel about an affair that the men reminisce over for a year and their wives wonder about--the annual Gentleman's Dinner at a country club." "The entire action of Stag Night takes place in one evening at a country club.  It begins with the arrival of a tightly girdled whisky-loving Mrs. Riordan ("Fatima") who has for many years given her Dance of the Seven Veils at the Gentleman's Dinner.  It ends with tactful and wise Heinz, the head waiter, bidding the police goodnight.  In between is depicted the frenzied activity of the chef and the dour bartender, the ribald behavior of some of the stags, the bewilderment of an innocent young refugee dancer, and the mounting excitement as the moment nears for the showing of lewd movies.  Tragedy in a grotesque form stalks the evening and at the climax the diners receive the surprise of their lives — and we don't mean the cops in the hall."
  • Spalding Softball Bat 33", 2" wide, in rough condition, handle and tip chipped/gouged states "Soft Ball | Spaulding Trade Mark | No. S | Air Dried | Made in Canada"
  • Camel Brand Razor Strop 24" x 2.5", leather strop, starting to split in middle at fold states "Camel Brand" and lower states "Certifyd | Sanitary Select | Will Beat 'em All Like Certified Checks | 100% Positive Value | Made in U.S.A. | 124"
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    Unknown Print [Malon Blaine?] This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  This appears to be by Malon Blaine but I don't have a way of verifying that.  I know he did illustrate a copy of Memoirs of a Coxcomb (also by Cleland) [Privately Printed, Planet Press New York, 1931] which matches the paper and printing style of the period.
  • Fanny Hill print "Kissing me in every part, the most secret one so far excepted that it came in for most of that homage." 6 x 8", hand colored This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  I'm unsure of the edition but this seems to be a print from the 1920-30s and hand colored.
  • Fanny Hill print "Then, taking the fine handle that so invitingly offered itself, she led the youth to the bed." 6 x 8" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  I'm unsure of the edition but this seems to be a print from the 1920-30s.
  • Fanny Hill print 9x6", hand colored This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.
  • Fanny Hill print 9x6" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  I am unclear which edition this one is from.
  • Fanny Hill print 5.5 x 8.25" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  Print is by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
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    Fanny Hill print 5.5 x 8.25" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  Print is by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print 5.5 x 8.25" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  Print is by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print 5.5 x 8.25" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  Print is by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print 5.5 x 8.25" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  Print is by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print 5.5 x 8.25" This print came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  Print is by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • The Works of Aretino, Pietro Aretino, illust. Franz von Bayros, biographical essay and translation unknown [likely Samuel Putnam] (Rarity Press, New York, 1931 ) 9.5" X 6.5", 280pp, Hardcover with DJ, red cloth boards, botton and fore edges deckled. Good condition for age, a few tears to DJ. Pietro Aretino (1492-1556) was one of the most important figures in Italian Renaissance literature, and certainly the most controversial. Condemned by some as a pornographer, his infamy was due largely to his use of explicit sexuality and the vulgar tongue of ordinary speech in much of his work. Dialogues centres around a conversation between two rather frank, experienced, and sharp-tongued women on the topic of women's occupations. We learn that at the time there were only three: wife, whore, or nun. Their discussion is a rollicking account of the advantages, perils, and pleasures each profession offers. Not only was Dialogues the first erotic book in the Christian world to be written in the common vernacular, it was but one of the few to describe the obscenity of commercial love, and is thus a cornerstone of both Italian literature and Counter-Renaissance vigour. This edition contains famous erotic illustrations by Franz von Bayros.
  • Amorous Fiammetta, Giovanni Boccaccio, introduction by Edward Hutton, trans. & illus. various unknown. (Rarity Press, New York, 1931 ) 9.5" X 6.5", 356pp, Hardcover no DJ, red cloth boards, botton and fore edges deckled. Good condition for age, a fading on spine, silver gilt lettering and decorations Originally titled "Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta" (The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta), this marvelous European romance was written by Giovanni Boccaccio somewhere between 1343 and 1344.  It is a first-person confessional monologue narrated by a woman and is considered the first psychological novel in a modern language and a precursor of stream-of-consciousness fiction. Lady Fiammetta, recounts how, although a married woman, she falls in love with a handsome young foreigner named Panfilo and, becomes his lover. Panfilo subsequently abandons Fiammetta and returns to his native land, where his father is said to be dying. When he fails to keep his promise to return, Fiammetta, describes her longings, her anguish, and her despair. A host of contradictory sentiments drive her to desperation and to an unsuccessful suicide attempt. After a time, Fiammetta resumes her futile wait for Panfilo. She finally resolves to seek him out in his native land. Disguising her true intent from her husband, she secures his promise to help her in this undertaking. Addressing an exclusively female audience, Fiammetta warns them about the vicious ways of men. Her whole narrative adds up to an indictment of men as both readers and lovers. Fiammetta has been variously described as a pathetic victim of male cruelty; an irresponsible fool of a girl; a sophisticated, cunning, and wholly disingenuous female; and, finally, a genuinely modern woman. Whatever judgment we make of her, Fiammetta stands out among medieval women as an ardent and outspoken feminist. Sometime around 1330 Boccaccio fell in love and married his "Fiammetta" who most believe is Maria d'Aquino (?-1382), a royal bastard, an illegitimate daughter of Robert the Wise, King of Naples and Count of Provence. He wrote about her and their relationship in several of his literary works. She is traditionally identified as Fiammetta. According to him, Maria's mother was a Provençal noblewoman, Sibila Sabran, wife of Count Thomas IV of Aquino. She was born after Countess Sibila and King Robert committed adultery at his coronation festivities in 1310, but was given the family name of her mother's husband. Her putative father placed her in a convent. In 1345 she was an accomplice in the murder of King Andrew, the husband of her niece and Robert's successor, Queen Joanna I. For this Maria was sentenced to death and beheaded in 1382 on the orders of Queen Joanna I's successor, King Charles III.
  • La Destinée de l'Homme, John Fiske, trans. and preface by Charles Grolleau (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1904) 9" X 6", 132pp. Original soft covers, unread copy in fair condition, most pages have not been cut on top, spine is badly worn binding loose but holding. John Fiske (1842-1901) was an American philosopher and historian. This is a French translation of "The Destiny of Man Viewed in the Light of his Origin" originally published in 1884.
  • A Spahi's Love-Story, Pierre Loti [pseud. Julien Viaud], illus. Robert Dean, illus. Gaston Trilleau (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907, #219/1000) 9" x 5.75", 330pp, hardbound, yellow cloth and batik design paper over boards, tipped-in color frontispiece. Deckled edges, top edge gilt. fair condition, bumped corners and worn edges, binding and boards are loose but holding, binding slightly cocked. Julien Viaud (1850-1923) was a French novelist and naval officer. This his third novel (originally titled "Le Roman d'un Spahi"), was originally published in 1881. It recounts the tragic story in the dark middle ages of a Turkish soldier, who fell in love with a woman from a far away culture with a very different background. Color frontispiece by Robert Dean tipped in and six etchings by Gaston Trilleau throughout the book.
  • The Natural Philosophy of Love, Remy De Gourmont, trans. Ezra Pound (Rarity Press, New York, 1931 ) 9.5" X 6.5", 183pp, Hardcover no DJ, red cloth boards, botton and fore edges deckled. Good condition for age, a fading on spine, silver gilt lettering and decorations A prose work studying love and sexuality, by Remy de Gourmont (1858-1915), the French symbolist and poet. Translated with a postscript by the well known poet Ezra Pound. Pound writes, "This remarkable work of research by one of Europe's foremost men of letters is a careful scientific inquiry into the subject of sex in relation to man and the lower animals. It deals in a fresh and masterly way with the biological basis of the sexual instinct. All phases of the sexual ceremony are here discussed; the quaint and curious customs among obscure tribes, many of them ritualistic in nature, are treated. The physical manifestations of sexual love, its organic and mechanistic faculties, are carefully analyzed in relation to its psychological factors. Whether as a work of literature or of science this treatise is worthy of its reissue."
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    Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald , "Presented by Willy Pogany" (William Godwin, Inc., New York, 1933) 9.25" x 6.25", unpaginated (approx. 200pp), hardbound no DJ, black cloth boards with silver gilt title on spine and naked woman on front cover. Good condition, corners bumped, binding holding. Illustrations are color and fading. This is a 1933 copy of a William Pogany's artful presentation originally published in 1909. Pogany (1882-1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's and other books. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian. About 1000 are attributed to Omar Khayyám, a Persian poet, mathmatician and astronomer. Although an important and beautiful piece of literature, it is not the most literal translation, critics refer it as "The Rubiyat of FitzOmar". The introduction contains a poem by James Russell Lowell often considered the origin of the phrase "pearls of wisdom".
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    The Complete Works of Gaius Petronius: Done into English by Jack Lindsay, with One Hundred Illustrations by Norman Lindsay: Comprising The Satyricon and Poems, Gaius Petronius, trans. & illust. Jack Lindsay (Rarity Press, New York, 1932) 9.5" X 6.5", 183pp, Hardcover no DJ, red cloth boards, botton and fore edges deckled. Good condition for age, a fading on spine, silver gilt lettering and decorations Satyricon is a work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius. The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. This edition also contains selected poems by Petronius.
  • The Writings of Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde, Leonard Charles van Noppen (A.R. Keller & Co., London and New York, 1907 [University Edition 270/800]) 8.25" X 5 3/4", 209pp, grey cloth boards, paper title on spine (words mostly rubbed off), good condition for age, boards & spine faded and bumped, binding loose but holding back board loose but intact, top edge gilt, others deckled. one of 15 volumes, this one titled "De Profundis" and contains De Profundis ("from the depths", an epistle written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas.), Suplemental Letters, Soul of Man Under Socialism (an 1891 essay by Oscar Wilde in which he expounds a libertarian socialist [social anarchist] worldview. The creation of "The Soul of Man" followed Wilde's conversion to anarchist philosophy, following his reading of the works of Peter Kropotkin.), Of Him Who Died at No. 13. (by Leonard Charles van Noppen)
  • Anthropological Studies of Sexual Relations of Mankind, Professor Paolo Mantegazza, trans. James Bruce (Anthropological Press [Falstaff Press], New York, 1932, [first edition thus]) 9.25" X 6.25", 272pp. Hardbound, decorated cloth boards with reproduction of painting by Blake. Poor condition, spine detaching, boards mostly detached, binding coming apart. Paolo Mantegazza (1831_1910) was a prominent Italian neurologist, physiologist, travel writer and anthropologist. He also was a controversial sex expert and a investigator of the effects of cocaine. This work was originally published in 1885 as Gli Amori degli Uomini. Falstaff Press translated and published this work in 1932 "for exclusive subscription of adult students of anthropology". [Note: Some of the author's offensive views were unfortunately common to the time re: race, homosexuality, etc.] Chapters include "The Celebration of Puberty - Erotic Education", "Debauchery and Modesty in the Human Races", "Embraces and Its Forms - Racial Arts of Love - Deflorations", "Perversions of Love Among the Various Races", "Mutilation of Sex Organs", "The Conquest of Woman and of Men" and "Monogamy, Polygamy: Harem Life - Concubinage"
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    Life Lines, Arthur S. Gray ("Published in Cleveland, Ohio by the author and friends, Privately by Subscription, 1936" [Signed by the author, "To Frank and Marge from Arthur, 1937"]) 10 1/8 X 6 3/4, 93pp, hardbound no DJ, deckle edges, good condition boards soiled. The title page reads "Life Lines, a divertisement by and for Arthur S. Gray". Published in Cleveland, Ohio by the author and friends, Privately by Subscription, 1936". The author writes in his preface, "Because this book is a Michelangelo collection of poems and drawings done now and then for my diversion and satisfaction, it is necessary to announce that the pictures are not illustrations. Each drawing is a simple record of some particular and more or less unique quality which caught my attention and incited me to draw. After the prime reason, the urge to make something. I draw the way I do for two reasons: first to preserve the integrity of my powers of observation and reaction; second, to render that respect which is the natural right of an individual entity."
  • Life Lines, Arthur S. Gray ("Published in Cleveland, Ohio by the author and friends, Privately by Subscription, 1936" [Signed by the author, "To Mr. Brown, Arthur"]) 10 1/8 X 6 3/4, 93pp, hardbound no DJ, deckle edges, very good condition, some slight soiling to spine The title page reads "Life Lines, a divertisement by and for Arthur S. Gray". Published in Cleveland, Ohio by the author and friends, Privately by Subscription, 1936". The author writes in his preface, "Because this book is a Michelangelo collection of poems and drawings done now and then for my diversion and satisfaction, it is necessary to announce that the pictures are not illustrations. Each drawing is a simple record of some particular and more or less unique quality which caught my attention and incited me to draw. After the prime reason, the urge to make something. I draw the way I do for two reasons: first to preserve the integrity of my powers of observation and reaction; second, to render that respect which is the natural right of an individual entity."
  • Mark Twain's "1601" Conversation as it was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors, Mark Twain (Privately Printed, Mexico City, 1943, stated limited to 1000 copies, unnumbered) 4.75"x7.25", 27pp, pamphlet, good condition scuff marks on covers and slight soiling. [Date: 1601.] Conversation, as it was the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors is the title of a humorous work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880. Edward Wagenknecht once referred to it as "the most famous piece of pornography in American literature." Its content is irreverent and vulgar rather than obscene, and its purpose seems to be comedic shock rather than erotic arousal. It would thus qualify as ribaldry rather than pornography. Twain wrote 1601 during the summer of 1876 (between writing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn), for the amusement of his closest friend, Reverend Joseph Twichell, 1601 was later first published by another friend, John Hay, who later became Secretary of State. The work circulated among printers (due to it's often archaic type font) and many small batches were printed, however the authorship of the work remained unverified until Twain finally acknowledged he wrote it in 1906.
  • "Killer" Burke in "Out", (n.p. n.d.) 4.5" x 3", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
  • Mr. Geezil, the "Shoe Cobbler", (np. nd.) 4.5" x 3", 8pp., pamphlet, stapled and taped Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
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