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TagsGay (5,294), (US) (3,660), Signed (1,621), Pulp (1,114), Culture (1,099), Fiction (1,092), Erotica (974), Poetry (869), @ (464), Literature (218) — see all tags

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About meRetired Civil Servant

About my libraryCollecting and reading interests include gay history and gay literature -- and historical and fictional books about the City of Houston (this latter collection of 630 books has been acquired by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and has been removed from "My Library").

Collecting emphasis in FIRST EDITION SIGNED books (many inscribed with "gay associations" or an "illustration") by William S. Burroughs, Edward Prime-Stevenson, James Purdy, Coleman Dowell, James Robert Baker, Paul Bowles, Harold Brodkey, W. H. Auden, Carl Van Vechten, Daniel R. Brown (Daniel Curzon), Richard Howard, John Logan, Daryl Hine, James Broughton, Martin Duberman, Michael Rumaker, Larry Kramer, Bruce Benderson, John Ashbery, Mark Doty, J. D. McClatchy, James Baldwin, Edmund White, John Rechy, Arturo Islas, Christopher Bram, Robert Duncan, "Jess" Collins, Samuel Steward (Phil Andros), Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, Tony Kushner, Robert Chesley, Lanford Wilson, Doric Wilson, William Inge, Truman Capote, Felice Picano, Alan Hollinghurst, Michael Cunningham, Christopher Rice, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Edward Albee, David Leavitt, James Merrill, Harold Norse, Dennis Cooper, Donald Windham, Adam Haslett, Eric Garber (Andrew Holleran), Gus Van Sant, Paul Cadmus, Cy Twombly, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Taylor Mead, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Merce Cunningham, Antony Sher, Arthur Evans, Derek Jarman, David Plante, Colm Toibin, Armistead Maupin, Joseph Hansen (James Colton, Rose Brock), Richard Fullmer (Dirk Vanden), Tom Wakefield, Patrick Gale, Paul Jones (Paul Mariah), Tim Dlugos, Gerard Malanga, Kenward Elmslie, Joe Brainard, Winston Leyland, Parker Tyler, Charles Henri Ford, Ian Young, Kirby Congdon, Hunce Voelcker, Herbert Huncke, Stan Persky, Robin Blaser, and Allen Ginsberg.

There are also many signed editions of gay "small press" poets writing during the years 1960-2010 -- especially African American and Latino gay poets.

There are signed copies of the first three issues of BASTARD ANGEL (Harold Norse) and a complete run (3) of signed copies of GAY LITERATURE (Daniel Curzon).

There are many of the gay related books in the famed Hanuman miniature books series -- some signed and some unsigned.

Also unsigned editions of Jack Spicer, Frank O'Hara, Joe Brainard, Tram Combs, Paul Reed, Jean Genet, Andre Gide, Edward Carpenter, C.H.B. Kitchin, Francis King, Gordon Merrick, Wallace Hamilton, Jim Kepner, John Mitzel, Sanford Aday, Dale Jennings, John Horne Burns, Carl Corley, Thom Racina (Teryl Andrews), Avery Willard (Bruce King), Victor J. Banis (Don Holliday, Victor Jay, J. X. Williams, Victor Dodson), Christian Davies (Chris Davidson), Thom Racina (Teryl Andrews), George Davies (Lance Lester, Ricardo Armory), Vincent Lardo (Julian Mark), Marcus Miller, George Haimsohn (Alexander Goodman), William Corington (John Coriolan), Jay Greene, William Maltese (William J. Lambert III, Chad Stuart, Alex Mann, Cort Forbes, Kyle Reich, Raymond Lange, Bryant Tyler, Lambert Wilhelm), Douglas Dean Goodman (Douglas Dean), John H. Kimbro (Kym Allyson), George Scithers (Felix Lance Falkon), Philip H. Lee (Carl Driver), and Peter Tuesday Hughes.

There are a "near complete run" of issues of ONE magazine (including representative runs of ONE Newsletters and ONE Confidentials); THE MATTACHINE REVIEW and other publications of the Mattachine Society (including some issues of INTERIM); publications of the Gay Academic Union; DORIAN BOOK QUARTERLY; VECTOR, a publication of the Society for Individual Rights; S.T.H. (Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts) chapbooks; the "first issue" of OUT; XY; PACE!; CHRISTOPHER STREET; IN TOUCH; MANROOT; and, the GLQ Journal; the "first two issues" of PARAGRAPH; GAY SUNSHINE; MAGNUS; Boston FAG RAG; Chicago GAY CRUSADER; and, AYE! Newsletter of the National Gay Lobby. There are the "first three issues" of the Los Angeles ACT UP Newsletter. There is a complete run of the first 16 issues of the ADVOCATE, as well as several early issues of CITIZENS NEWS (Guy Strait); CRUISE NEWS & WORLD REPORT (Guy Strait); RFD, GAYS ON THE HILL, GAY RIGHTS GUARDIAN, and an early issue of TABLE TALK (Hal Call); SPREE (Pat Rocco), THE JAMES WHITE REVIEW, THE PHOENIX (Midwest Homophiles) and BLACK/OUT (African American).

Also included are some early issues of European gay periodicals: AMIGO:THE HOMOPHILE MAGAZINE; (German and English); THE SPIRIT LAMP (Oxford University); VENNEN/DER FREUND (Danish); EOS (Danish); VRIENDSCHAP (Dutch); ARCADIE (French); DER WEG; (German); DER RING (Dutch/German) DER NEUE RING (German); DER KREIS (Swiss/German); and, ICSE Newsletters (International Committee on Sexual Equality) -- and finally very rare copies of 3 of the first 4 issues of Adolf Brand's EXTRAPOST DES EIGENE (German) "the first gay magazine" published while he was in prison.

There is a complete run of the following gay magazines and journals:ONE INSTITUTE QUARTERLY; TANGENTS (ONE); ASSARACUS; GAY BOOKS BULLETIN of the Gay Academic Union; MANROOT; DRUM, a publication of the Janus Society; LITTLE CAESAR; CITY LIGHTS JOURNAL; GANYMEDE; GAY LITERATURE:A New Journal; SEBASTIAN QUILL; MOUTH OF THE DRAGON; THE EUROPEAN GAY REVIEW; TRIBE: An American Gay Journal; BLACKHEART (African American); and, PROVOCATEUR.

The collection contains a near complete series of the classic gay pulps of the 60's and early 70's, including those published by the French Line (PEC), Parisian Press, Grand Prix, Barclay House, Brandon House, Eiffel Classic, Hamilton House, Greenleaf Classics, Guild Press, 101 Enterprises, Classic Publications, Golden Boy, Frenchy's Gay Line, Continental Classics, Centaur, SVEA (published in Denmark), Pleasure Reader; and Phenix. There is also a near complete set of the famed online "Gay on the Range" collection.

There are the Number One issues of some of the 1950-60's famed "beefcake" magazines, including, GRECIAN GUILD PICTORIAL, FORMOSUS (British), YOUNG BRITONS (British), YOUTH IN PHYSIQUE ART, FIZEEK ART QUARTERLY, ADONIS, FIZEEK, MALE FIGURE, MARS, MUSCLE BOY, GOLDEN BOYS, THE YOUNG PHYSIQUE, MUSCLES A GO-GO, VIM, HOMBRE, BOYS IN LEATHER, BIG (plus the early BIG Annuals), YOUTH IN THE SUN (British), and the rare MANHATTAN MALE.

There are most of the early issues of Directory Services (DSI) beefcake publications, which were in the vanguard of freedom of sexual expression legal challenges: GREYHUFF REVIEW, HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH THE MALE FIGURE, VAGABOND catalogs, BUTCH, GALERIE, TIGER, PREMIERE, UNIQUE and RUGGED.

There are first copy issues of the early gay comics, including: Watch Out Comix-Gay Satire From San Francisco; Joe Boy; Wendel; Gay Comix; Rage Gay Crusader; Chicos Modernos; and, The Uncensored Adventures of Harry Chess. There is also the first seven issues of Tales of the Closet published by the Hetrick-Martin Institute serving gay youth.

There are some early issues of the following gay zines: HOMOCORE (San Francisco); HOLY TITCLAMPS (Minneapolis and San Francisco) TRAVELLING SHOES (New Haven); BRAINS (San Francisco); SU MADRE (Los Angeles); FULL METAL FAGGOT (Kansas City); MY COMRADE/SISTER (East Village); and GOODIE (Brooklyn).

There is a near complete twenty year run of Christopher Street West (Los Angeles) Official Gay Pride Programs which mirror the struggling gay rights movement from 1975-1995.

And finally, there are the number one issues of the following: GAY DEALER (Philadelphia): ESPRIT (Toronto); GAYVOTE (San Francisco); LEWD CONDUCT (Los Angeles); NORTHWEST OASIS: A Forum For Gay Culture; the short-lived BACHELOR magazine (published by Lucius Beebe); HARVEY MILK ARCHIVES NEWSLETTER; AMETHYST:A JOURNAL FOR LESBIANS AND GAY MEN; DIRECTIONS (Canadian); the short-lived THE FORUM OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; CALIFORNIA SCENE; ROMANS (West Hollywood); and DRAGONFLY of Sidney Smith (New York).


GroupsGay Men, GLBT History, GLBT Libraries, Queer and Trans Lit, William Burroughs

Real nameDon Kelly

LocationHouston, Texas

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Wow, fascinating collection! Thought I'd say hello - I operate a small press based in Kansas City that is republishing a lot of gay novels, many of which are in your collection. We're reprinting several by Francis King, two by Kenneth Martin, C.H.B Kitchin, Walter Baxter, Forrest Reid, Baron Corvo, and others. I wonder, with all your experience in this area, if you can suggest any others that are particularly deserving of rediscovery?

Best regards,

James D Jenkins
Valancourt Books
What an incrdei le collection!
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