Paris: La Roulotte, 1950. First edition. Small 4to, 56  pp, bound in printed boards and photographically illustrated dust jacket. One of the rare 50 numbered copies of the edition original, preceding the trade issue. In addition, this is an important association copy, inscribed by Delarue to Alain Campagne, a fellow researcher in tattoo history, whose own book Le Tatouage: Etude Psychopathologique a Propos de 293 Observations, published in a fugitive edition for his psychiatric studies, remains one of the largest unpublished studies of the time.
Probably the most famous tattoo book of the postwar period, written by the police detective Delarue, who also contributed 80 drawings of tattoos, which are reproduced in the page margins. The book is most famous for the 80 photographic plates, each full page and printed on coated stock, including ten images by the great Robert Doisneau. The bulk of the remaining photographs are taken from the work of Lacassagne and the Muséé de l'Homme.
In addition to the page toning, the boards are rubbed at the head and foot of spine, with superficial splits to the paper covering the gutters at head of spine. The rare dust jacket is present, but missing large sections of the upper portions of the front panel, and shows extensive creasing, rubbing and chipping to margins. A battered, but sound copy, and rare in the numbered edition, and as an association copy. Item #27065