Napoli: Gennaro M. Priore, 1905. First edition. 12mo, 281  pp, bound in green boards, likely at a later date, without the original wraps preserved. Complete with all 15 plates as called for, each of which reproduces drawings of tattoos, and additional illustrations in the text. Text in Italian.
First edition of one of the most thorough and important of the early 20th century sociological studies of tattooing, written by a doctor and anthropologist who wrote often on criminology and was a follower of Lombroso. The 15 plates, all of which are present here, are beautifully drawn from life and are a rare and evocative record. The final plate is dedicated to tattoos of prostitutes and prints some of the most beautiful and unusual tattoos we've seen recorded from this era.
Toned and foxed throughout, with a rough erasure to an old ownership signature to half-title page. Over-opened at the title page, with a crack to the binding, and also overopened between the end of the text and the plate index, both of which are still strongly holding. A battered, rough good only example, but complete with all plates and very scarce in the original edition, for which OCLC locates only two holdings. Item #26019