Philadelphia: Andre Levy, 1955. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth, spine and upper board stamped in black.
Prurient yet strikingly illustrated 1950s ethnographic survey of tattooing practices of the world, with dozens of black-and-white photos and line-drawings. Considers "Sex and Tattooing," "Criminal Tattooing," "Art and Tattooing," and "Strange Motifs," among other aspects. Photographic subjects include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus tattooed lady Betty Broadbent (the first person inducted into the Tattoo Hall of Fame), Richardo ("the most tattooed man in the world"), convicts, Foreign Legionnaires, and various indigenous women. Number 1 in the publisher's World Folk Art Series. Lacking uncommon dust jacket. Occasional foxing, offsetting to endpapers, light toning and edgewear to cloth. Very good. Item #865