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Gay Roots.

Twenty Years of Gay Sunshine. An Anthology of Gay History, Sex, Politics, and Culture. Edited by Winston Leyland.

San Francisco, Gay Sunshine Press, 1991-3 Stock Code: 123228

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First edition, first printing, Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe signed limited issue, letters B and Z of 26 specially bound copies signed by Leyland, these volumes additionally signed by Leyland on the title pages and deriving from his personal collection. There were also 300 unsigned cloth copies, the vast majority of which were sold to libraries.
Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press in 1975, which was notable for its pioneering anthologies of gay writing from other cultures, and his Gay Sunshine Journal (1970-82) was particularly influential for its interviews with prominent gay writers of the era. Gay Roots was produced to celebrate and anthologise these endeavours, advertised as "an anthology encyclopaedic in scale, Gay Roots collects the best writings from the turbulent early 1970's-the very beginning of modern gay liberation-right up to the present day. Work from Gay Sunshine Journal-the groundbreaking tabloid-that served as a forum and catalyst for the revolution underway-appears together with some of the most catalytic gay writing published by Gay Sunshine Press, the oldest continuing gay book publisher in the United States. Tennessee Williams wrote in 1977 of Gay Sunshine: 'The only completely literate and serious Gay Journal with which I'm acquainted.' Five books in one, with sections on 'Gay History,' 'Gay Sex and Politics,' 'Gay Biography and Literary Essays,' 'Gay Fiction,' and 'Gay Poetry,' Gay Roots is intended for every gay person desiring to reclaim a rich cultural tradition." (Gay Sunshine Bibliography).

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Two volumes, octavo. Original violet half cloth, titles gilt to spine, white paper sides, patterned purple endpapers.


Illustrated frontispiece and others in the text.


Titles a little rubbed on vol. i spine, small dent to lower edge of rear board on vol. i, but all in excellent condition.


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