Jena: Gustav Fischer, 1925. First edition. 4to, 40 pp. + 24 photographic plates, reproducing 94 photographs.
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.
Due to the weight of the photographic plates and the fragile construction of the binding, copies of this book, when encountered, usually have broken or heavily worn bindings. This is a well-preserved, very good example, with some creasing and darkening to the spine, with a couple of short closed tears to the wraps, one of which has been reinforced with cellotape, and some light soiling to the wraps. Item #30195