LES TATOUAGES: Tatouages – Tatouers – Tatoues. Les Tatouages chez les Prostituees et les habitues des Prisons. Les Procedes – La Detatouage.

(Paris): Librairie de la Nouvelle France, nd [1908]. First Edition. 12mo. Original orange printed wraps. 123pp. plus 15pp. advertisements. A good copy with some dampstaining to front wrapper, which has additionally been professionally repaired: laid down on rice paper and skillfully re-backed and -hinged. Sound; presents well. Good. Item #21502

A rare and interesting work on tattooing, particularly noteworthy for its inclusion of an early account of the procedures for tattoo removal. Contains a brief history of the art, and then more specific chapters on tattooing amongst prostitutes, homosexuals, and prisoners. Jean Fort, the publisher, was a noted seller of erotica in Paris, most active during the 1920s and 30s, and TATOUAGES was issued as Volume No. 1 in the "Collection de Psychologie Populaire du Dr. Jaf," whose further volumes included (according to rear cover) titles on adultery, the business of sex (prostitution), hermaphroditicism, marriage, sexuality, and the like. "Dr. Jaf" was the pseudonym of Dr. Jean Fauconney (a.k.a. Dr. Eynon), who also wrote under the anagrammatic name "Dr. Caufeynon." According to scholar Angus McLaren (see: The Trials of Masculinity: Policing Sexual Boundaries, Chicago, 1999), Fauconney's books were popular in Paris during the early decades of the century, and were — as typical — a mix of the prurient, the scientific, the spurious, and the apocryphal. "[H]is books provide some idea of what the adventurous male French of the early twentieth century in search of up-to-date sexual information would have been likely to find. [...] Dr. Fauconney's success in selling so many books for so long presumably stemmed from his ability to know both what well-known medical authorities were saying and what ordinary readers wanted to hear" (148). His books were published and translated well into mid-century. Nevertheless, they remain scarce, especially in their early ephemeral first editions. OCLC locates just six copies of TATOUAGES, with only one in the US (Harvard Medical).

Price: $1,100.00

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