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THE HOMOSEXUAL NEUROSIS by DR. WILLIAM (WILHELM) STEKEL
Physicians and Surgeons Book Co. Henry and Pacific Streets, 1933. Revised Edition. Maroon cloth w/ gold lettering. 7 3 D4" by 9 3 D4". 322 pages. Translated from German by James S. Van Tesslar. Stekel was one of Freud's early followers. He first published this book in 1922. Despite its title, rather sympathetic for the time. Steckel addresses all aspects of homosexuality, including organic causes. Stekel also considers the prevalence of homosexuality among artists. Most interesting: he concludes that both homosexuals and artists are "unable to love". Okay, maybe not all that sympathetic after all. Still, an important work that reflects changing views on the nature of homosexuality and bisexuality. Lots of interesting case studies and first person narratives. Off topic: this was published just a short walk from where I live now. Cool!
CONDITION: Cloth cover has a little wear top and bottom of spine and some bumping to corners. Nice shape! Previous owner's name and date in pen on endpaper, also old price in pencil. No other marks. Binding tight. (Ahem!) $15

 
 

THE JOURNAL OF POLYMORPHOUS PERVERSITY edited by GLENN C. ELLENBOGEN (PERIODICALS)
These are issues of a mock journal devoted to the publication of satirical works in the fields of Psychiatry, Psychology, and related fields. In other words, MAD magazine for shrinks! Issues offered are Spring 1987, Fall 1987, Spring 1988, Fall 1988, Spring 1989, Fall 1989, and Spring 1990. Articles from the Journal of Polymorphous Perversity were later collected in two volumes of "greatest hits". These are the original printings, bought directly from Ellenbogen in the 1980s. Ellenbogen wrote under his own name and pseudonyms such as Ernst von Krankman and Seymour Fruitlooper. There were other contributors as well. Topics include Maximum Security Amusement Parks and The Clinical Inconography of Bumper Stickers. There is also a lot of yukking about academic politics, as in the study "The Academic Oedipal Crisis: An Experimental Investigation fo the Need of Assistant Professors to Kill Their Department Chairman." Funny footnotes, too!
CONDITION: All interiors are clean and unmarked. Covers are clean except for a few pencil dots next to titles and a few water marks on the Spring 1987 cover. Spring 1987 also has some tape damage to the center of pages 4-5 spread. $30 for all. SOLD!

         
 

INSIDE THE SPACESHIPS by GEORGE ADAMSKI (Third Printing)
Abelard-Schuman, Inc., 1955. Hardcover without dustjacket. Some might say that this should not be in the science section, but until I establish a UFO section, it goes here. George Adamski was one of the first people to publicly claim to have seen and photographed UFOs, to have met hunky blond aliens (with names like Zuhl, Ramu, and Orthon), and to have gone on flights with them. He also insisted that he got to visit Saturn and Venus. (Amazing how Venus has cities, beaches, dogs, clothes, and birds just like on earth!) Illustrated with quite an an array of rather fake-looking black and white photos. Even to believers in Extraterrestrial life, some of Adamski's tales are hard to accept. But they sure are entertaining! (Note: In 1949, Adamski published a science-fiction novel called Pioneers of Space: A Trip to the Moon, Mars and Venus. It's contents are so similar to the "true" stories that he later told that it strongly casts doubts on his credibility. Shades of L. Ron Hubbard?)
CONDITION: Interior pages are clean with no marks. Tight binding. There are a few smudges on front endpaper and a small patch where paper surface as lifted due to removal of a sticker. Cloth cover shows wear, bumping of corners and spine top and bottom. There are also a few small spots and a streak of what looks to be red pencil on the cover, as seen in photo. $8

         
 

THE ROBOT EXHIBIT: HISTORY FANTASY AND REALITY(Museum Catalog)
American Craft Museum II, New York, 1984. Catalog to accompany the exhibit that was up from January 13 through May 11 of 1984. "The Robot Exhibit is the first comprehensive exhibition on the topic of robots to be organized by a museum in the United States". A wonderful history of robots, both real and imaginary, illustrated with lots of cool pictures. The usual suspects pop up--such as the Star Wars guys and classic robot toys--but there are also many that are more obscure...the electronic robot mouse is a bit scary! Personal robots (with names like Topo, Clayton, and DC-Prober) teach, entertain, wait on their masters, and socialize. Don't forget that this was published back when a state-of-the-art Apple computer has about 512 K of memory. I bet they could not images little robots that vacuum your floor being sold through infomercials. What a great world we live in.
CONDITION: No mark on interior pages. Binding is tight and all pages are crisp and clean. The cover has slight wear to spine. Bottom right corner of cover has some tiny holes and wear. Back left lower corner also a bit worn. $25

         
 

PROBLEMS OF BISEXUALITY AS REFLECTED IN CIRCUMCISION by HERMAN NUNBERG
Black cloth hardcover. No dust jacket. London: Imago Publishing, 1949. 83 pages. Oh, those Freudians can get a little bit wacky. Nunberg-- who was once a member of the Psychoanalytic Society of Vienna and later on became president of the New York Psychoanalytic Society--tackles the "trauma" of circumcision and interprets quite a few dreams along the way. If you are drawn to talk of hermaphrodites, misguided childhood theories of procreation, and genitial confusion, you will love this book. There is also much discussion of the Torah and even an afterword about the Nazis. If you buy it, what does that say about you?
CONDITION: Black cloth cover has wear along the top and bottom of spine. Previous owners named and address stamped inside front cover (Norbert Bromberg, MD--great name!) Interior is clean, no marks. Tight binding. (Once again, Ahem!) $10

         
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