(SOLD): BERGH, R. Om Tatoveringer hos de Offentlige Fruentimmer.

(Copenhagen): I. Cohens Bogtrykkeri, 1891.  First edition.  Octavo.  16 pages.  Scarce and early work on the relationship between crime and tattooing, in particular prostitution.  Bergh was a Danish physician specialising in sexually transmitted diseases.  This work was issued after a study of 800 prostitutes in Denmark, of which about 10% were tattooed, most by the same tattoo artist.  The volume is perhaps most notable for the double-paged two colour lithographic plate reproducing drawings of 18 tattoos.  Bergh’s paper was reproduced in a German academic journal in the same year where it received more wide spread attention.  A good copy in printed wrappers, split at the head and tail of spine, ownership signature to cover, along with a numeric notation in red pencil, and inscription in an unknown hand inside front cover.  Scarce, OCLC locates no copies outside of Scandinavia.


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