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Führer durch das Passage-Panopticum
Berlin: Neumanns, 1910. First edition. Softcover. g to g+. Large octavo (8 3/4 x 5 3/4"). 32pp. Original printed wrappers. Decorative initials. Photo-illustrated guide book to the Castan brothers' Panopticon (1873-1922), "a Berlin institution that displayed all kinds of curiosities for a popular audience, such as anatomical and pathological waxworks; real human specimens; death masks of celebrities and murderers; ethnographic busts; Anatomical Venuses, or recumbent female waxes displaying the mysteries of generation; wax models showing the effects of syphilis (still a fatal disease at this time) as well as assorted curiosities such as "elephant tusks, mummies, stuffed alligators, and gorillas. The Panopticon also presented live acts including singers, dancers, ventriloquists, hunger artists, and even living "freaks and ethnic 'rarities'" (For more information, see "Living Pictures, Missing Persons: Mannequins, Museums, and Modernity," Mark B. Sandberg, Princeton University Press). Moderate rubbing and slight creasing along spine. Pages evenly age-toned throughout. Text in German. Wrappers and interior in good to good+ condition.
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