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MAGNUS HIRSCHFELD (1868-1935)
Jahrbuch für Sexuelle Zwischenstufen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Homosexualitat. Leipzig: Max Spohr, 1899-1908.
Nine octavo titles bound in ten volumes, first edition of each Jahrbuch, bindings vary, illustrated with images and folding tables; each volume 8 x 5 1/2 inches; occupying 16 1/2 inches of shelf space. (10)
Hirschfeld was an early 20th century German sexologist persecuted by the Nazi regime, which sacked his Institut für Sexualwissenschaft and burned its library in 1933. Both gay and Jewish, Hirschfeld was an early and vocal advocate for gay and transgender rights. On an American speaking tour in 1930, he advised following "love's natural turns," and encouraged people to accept that all forms of love and sexuality are natural.