New York: E.P. Dutton, 1977. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stiff illustrated silver paper wraps.
First edition of queer writer and leather daddy Michael Grumley’s survey of the rise in BDSM practices in the mid-1970s, with photos by frequent Penthouse contributor Ed Gallucci. A founding member of the gay men’s writing group the Violet Quill (which included his partner Robert Ferro, Edmund White, Felice Picano, Andrew Holleran, and others), Grumley predominantly worked as a columnist for gay newspapers while authoring texts on cryptozoology. Depicting an era of novel sexual liberation after Stonewall and prior to the AIDS epidemic, Hard Corps documents the flourishing New York leather bar scene and BDSM communities while defending alternative sex practices as healthy and natural, citing examples in nature and tribal sacrifices. Notably, most members of the Violet Quill were committed to normalizing BDSM practices not only in the gay community but in heterosexual relationships as well, evident in Grumley’s choice to include them in his text. Illustrated with black-and-white plates of Grumley’s gay, lesbian, and heterosexual subjects (dominants, submissives, pros, cross dressers, and more). First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Moderate creasing and edgewear to wraps. Very good. Item #8109