New York: Bell Publishing Company, 1969. 1st US Edition. Large octavo, publisher’s purple cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
First US edition of Belgian journalist Raymond de Becker’s pictorial history of homosexual love. A classic among 20th-century ethnographic studies on the subject, Becker’s survey chronicles gay love (notably both male and female, which was uncommon) from ancient Babylon to contemporary times while situating homosexuality as the major paradigm of early Judeo-Christian tradition that could potentially lead to freedom from patriarchal authority and the concept of sin. Originally published in 1964 by provocative Parisian publisher Jean-Jacques Pauvert, the present volume’s translation was a landmark event as there was a paucity of unprejudiced surveys on the topic in circulation within the English-speaking world. Translated by Margaret Crosland and Alan Deventry. Richly illustrated in black-and-white with 100 reproductions of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and film-stills from Becker’s described historical periods. First printing with complete letter row to copyright page. Unclipped dust jacket with moderate edgewear, including some chipping and closed tears. Very good. Item #4673