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Perckhammer, Heinz von
Edle nacktheit in China
Berlin: Eigenbrodler Verlag, 1928. First edition, large 8vo, pp. 7 (text), [1], [31] (full-page photogravures), [1]; text in German; French-fold textblock, maroon paper wrappers, in a dust jacket sporting the 32nd (unique) photogravure on upper cover; light soiling to dust jacket, very good. Perckhammer served in the Seige of Tsingtao during the First World War, and from 1917 to 1919 was a Japanese prisoner of war. He remained in China after his release, and produced two photo books. One was a collection of Peking street scenes, and the second was this book, a collection of soft focus nudes, mainly of prostitutes from Macao, which had to be smuggled out of China. In his introduction to the English language edition Perckhammer states, "Pictures of nude women, setting aside the ugly caricatures of the "Spring pictures" of erotic scenes, simply do not exist in China. Therefore I believe, I have created something entirely new and of value," and indeed we have seen few if any such books appear ourselves. The book was later banned by the Nazis under their list of harmful and undesirable writings.
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books [U.S.A.]
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