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From newsletter 20:

17. (EEKHOUD, Georges). HUGO, Victor L'Art d'être grand-père. Paris, Hetzel/ Quantin, about 1890. Gilt full morocco with inside dentelles and gold-printed flyleaves. (8), 240 p. Top gilt. Spine a bit discolored, some small traces of use.

€ 180

* This excellently bound gilt book of Hugo's poetry was given by the staff of the Belgian journal L'Étoile Belge to its owner, Alfred Madoux, on December 10, 1892 (probably because of the birth of a grandchild), and signed by 17 of its collaborators. Under the dedication '...dans l'espoir qu'elle puisse lui offrir un jour L'Art d'être Bisaieul!' we find the signatures of courageous novelist Georges Eekhoud, poet Albert Giraud, author Léopold Courouble and fourteen others.

18. EEKHOUD, Georges L'Imposteur Magnanime. Perkin Warbeck. Drame en quatre actes. Bruxelles & Maestricht, Librairie Moderne, probably 1914. 24 x 16 cm. Orig. wrappers. (8), 96 p. Collection Junior. Later edition (first: 1902) enlarged with a short biography of the author and some pages of reviews. Covers a bit worn.

€ 45

* With SIGNED autograph dedication: 'A mon ami Charles Bricoult/ Affectueux hommage/ Georges Eekhoud/ septembre 1914'.

From newsletter 14:

4.  (EEKHOUD, Georges). HEM DAY 24 mai 1947. Hommage à Georges Eekhoud, né à Anvers en 1854, mort à Bruxelles le 24 mai 1927. Bruxelles/ Paris, Éditions Pensée et Action, 1947. Original wrappers. 52 p. Illustrated. First edition. Cover discolored and soiled. Text paper browned.Tiny ticket on inside lower wrapper. 

€ 25

* With a nice portrait by Henri Kerels. INSCRIBED by the author, Marcel Dieu, an anarchist bookseller.


From newsletter 12:

8. HAAN, Jacob Israël de Pathologieën. De ondergangen van Johan van Vere de With. (Met eene voorrede van Georges Eekhoud). Rotterdam, Meindert Boogaerdt jr., 1908. Original illustrated wrappers. XVI, 320 p. Portrait. First edition. Some tiny professional repairs (report added). Purple and cream cover a bit yellowed.

€ 250

* De Haan's second, decadentistic novel, even more openly homo-erotic than his first one, Pijpelijntjes, describes a sometimes sadomasochistic relation between an artist and a student. With a preface by Georges Eekhoud, translated by De Haan. The first part bears a motto by Catullus dedicated to Eekhoud, the second a motto by Olindo Guerrini to Herman Bang, and the third one by Catullus dedicated to Oscar Wilde. A legendary and delicate book with a 'satanic' portrait of the author as a frontispice and an Art Nouveau purple cover decoration of a mournful young man wounding his fingers on a rose.

From newsletter 4:

4  EEKHOUD, Georges Strange Love. A Novel of Abnormal Passion. (Escal-Vigor). New York, The Panurge Press, [1929]. Original gilt red cloth. 254 p. Top gilt. Uncut. Frontispice by Carroll Snell. First edition. Some dents in edges of cover, probably caused by packing string. Inscription on flyleaf by J. Howard Smith from Portland, dated 'Dec./1929'.

€ 45

* Translation into English of Eekhoud's outspoken gay novel Escal-Vigor (1900). Printed in 1010 machine-numbered copies. With an introduction by 'Gauntlet' i.a. about the process against Eekhoud and his acquittal. A captivating book.