I no longer deal in rare and antiquarian books.
This website is gradually closing, but some items may still be for sale:
Make me an offer if you wish to buy.
I still buy for my own collection rare books, magazines and ephemera of gay interest, almost always published before 1980,
and science-fiction and fantasy (books, not magazines) published before 1950.
I also buy erotica of any sexual interest published before 1900.
If you have something to sell contact me.
With many thanks to my customers over the last nine years
- I hope you always find what you are looking for.



Periodicals of Gay Interest
Founded in 2009, Arbery Books is the UK's leading online dealer in rare and secondhand books and ephemera of gay, lesbian and transgender interest. Our other fields of interest are sexuality in general and antiquarian (pre-1900) curiosities, erotica, picaresque and sexual behaviour. Recently we have added early science-fiction and fantasy to our lists.


We ship worldwide, usually within one working day of receiving an order. £ prices include UK postage and packing. Where $ prices are given, they include postage to the USA. Discounts are available for orders of three or more.

The magazines listed here cover a wide range, from male nudes to serious news and culture. They do not include photographs of sexual activity. Scroll down this page for non-gay periodicals with content of gay interest.

1950s:
     Adonis (UK - pictured), Body Beautiful (UK)


1960s:
     Man and Society (UK), Mars (USA), Men of Fortune (USA)
     The Young Physique (USA)


1970s:
     Blueboy (USA), Come Together (UK),
     Films and Filming (UK), Follow-Up (UK), Gay Community
     News (USA), Gay Left (UK), Gold (UK), Lunch / After Lunch
     (UK), Physique Pictorial (USA), Playguy (USA)


1970s magazines listed separately:
     After Dark (USA), Christopher Street (USA), Gay Sunshine (USA)



1980s and 1990s:
     Alternate Reader (USA)
     Attitude (UK)
     B & G (USA)
     Bombay Dost (India)
     East-West (UK)
     Exercise for Men Only (USA)
     Gay Chicago (USA)
     In Style For Men (USA)
     I.T. (In Touch For Men) (USA)
     Man Alive! (UK)
     Pink Triangle (New Zealand)
1980/90s magazines listed separately:
     The Advocate (USA)
     Christopher Street (USA)
     FirstHand (USA)
     Zipper (UK)
     New York Native (USA)


2001 onwards:
     Attitude (UK)
     GT (UK)

Private Eye

The UK's fortnightly satirical magazine has never been particularly friendly to gay men and lesbians, usually confining its coverage to covers which bear no relation to the contents inside. Open the images below to read the captions.

Contact us for more information or to purchase any of these issues.

Nos 468 & 485, Nov 1979 & Jul 1980
24pp each, discolouring with age, £10.00 for both issues


Covers depict Anthony Blunt, influential art historian, Russian spy and homosexual. (See Wikipedia) Brief coverage of the Blunt affair in issue 468.


No 526, 12 February 1982
24pp, small tears, discolouring with age, £6.00


Cover depicts Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the Liberal Party. After the controversy surrounding the accusation and trial that he had arranged for the (failed) murder of a former lover and the loss of his Parliamentary seat, Thorpe found it difficult to find work. The cover refers to his failed application director of the British section of Amnesty International. (See Wikipedia) The rest of the magazine does not cover Thorpe.


No 553, 25 February 1983
24pp, cover slightly stained, discolouring with age, £6.00


Cover depicts notorious Bermondsey by-election when Labour candidate Peter Tatchell (depicted here with Labour leader Michael Foot) refused to discuss his sexuality. Tatchell, who lost the election to Liberal (later Liberal Democrat) Simon Hughes later became a well-known gay activist.
Apart from satirical "editorial", contents of magazine do not cover the issue. Included: profile of Tory MP Bowen Wells, profile of publishers Sidgwick & Jackson, Sally Deedes, Dear Bill and the usual satire and investigations.

Village Voice
Famous alternative New York weekly newspaper that often covered gay issues.


Vol 24 no 7, 12 Feb 1979 (part)
Gay Life Supplement, n.d.
£10 / $25 (together)


Only the relevant pages with the article "The Dialectic of Disco: Gay Music Goes Straight" (picture left), is included (the rest of the issue is missing).
The second item (right) is a 24pp supplement from the 25 June 1979 issue (the main section of the newspaper is not included.
Fag Rag no 23/24 Fag Rag no 23/24 Supplement
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