The Library owns an inscribed copy of writer and homosexual rights campaigner Edward Carpenter's 1894 publication Homogenic Love. This is one of the works in which Carpenter argued for the acceptance of same-sex love as an intrinsic feature of human existence and not deviance of some kind. Read More
A 1907 postcard praising the acquittal of journalist Maximilian Harden (1861–1927) in the first libel trial emerging from the scandalous Eulenburg Affair. Kuno von Moltke (1847–1923) sued Harden for what amounted to outings of allegedly homosexual members of Kaiser Wilhelm II's entourage, including Prince Philipp zu Eulenburg-Hertefeld (1847–1921), a close friend of the Kaiser. Read More
Published in 1864, Vindex is Karl Heinrich Ulrichs' first text on male homosexual affection. Writing with the pseudonym Numa Numantius, Ulrichs presents his theory of the Urnings, a prototype of modern homosexual identity that Ulrichs argues is set at birth. Read More
Teleny (1893) was produced and circulated in a clandestine manner in fin-de-siècle London. It is reputed to be the first homoerotic novel in English, and its authorship remains disputed. It is extremely rare, and of an initial print run of 200 there are only seven remaining copies. Des Grieux (1899) is a prologue or prequel to Teleny, although it was published later. Read More
Adolf Wilbrandt (1837-1911) wrote the novel Fridolins heimliche Ehe in 1875. Clara Bell (1835-1927), a prolific translator, translated it into English as Fridolin's Mystical Marriage for this edition published by William S. Gottberger in New York. Read More
One of Sigmund Freud's most influential publications, Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams), was published in late 1899 (imprint of 1900) by Franz Deuticke's small publishing house. Read More
The Queer Collections Project is a joint, interdisciplinary initiative organized by faculty in the Faculty of Arts with the support of UBC Library, especially Rare Books and Special Collections.
The QCP gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships.