Jena: Gustav Fischer, 1925. First edition. 4to, 40 pp. + 24 photographic plates, reproducing 94 photographs. Printed wraps.
One of the most important early scholarly tattoo works, remarkable for the superb 94 photographs of tattooed subjects which make up the latter half of the work, which number as one of the most important early photographic records of the modern European tattoo. The text is distinguished for focusing specifically on the symbolism of the modern European tattoo, especially those with a sexual or criminal context.
Rudolf Erhard Riecke (1869-1939) was a dermatologist and the first director of the influential department of skin and venereal diseases at the University of Gottingen.
Spine lightly creased, with a couple of closed tears beginning at the head and foot of spine, and some additional closed nicks and a small chip to margins, else a bright and sound example. The book was poorly bound and fragile, especially given the weight of the photographic plates, and this copy is in far better condition than usually found. Item #27056