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Die Tätowierung in den deutschen Hafenstädten. Ein Versuch zur Erfassung ihrer Formen und ihres Bildgutes
Bremen: G. Winters Buchhandlung, 1934. First edition. 8vo, 111 pp, photographically illustrated wraps. Illustrated with b/w photographs. Text in German.The first and only edition of this important study on the tattoos and tattoo parlors of the German port cities. The book is illustrated with both close up photographs of some unique and beautiful work, but also depicts the shops, tattoo artists, and streets on which the tattoo studios were found. The footnotes and citations are among the most thorough of all the early modern tattoo books. Samuel Steward cites Hortst Streckenbach's opinion that this work, along with Joest, were the best German tattoo studies, especially with regard to the erotic aspects of tattoos [Steward, p. 195], and Jane Caplan cites it as "The outstanding German study." (Becker & Wetzell, p. 356 - footnote). The book is a remarkable accomplishment made poignant as shortly after the book was published every tattoo parlor in Germany was closed by order of Hitler, with the exception of a single shop in Hamburg, whose proprietor had to sign an agreement to only tattoo foreigners, as Hitler believed that tattoos were an impure imposition on aryan skin [Steward, p. 356]. Rare. OCLC locates only two holdings at the time of cataloguing. Wraps soiled, with tearing to head and foot of spine, leading to a loss of 2" to the paper covering the spine at the crown, and the book title inked to spine, and some light spotting to title page. Good only, but an intact example of a book that rarely appears on the market.
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