BURCHETT, George and Peter Leighton. Memoirs of a Tattooist.
(London): Oldbourne, 1958. First edition. Octavo. 222 pages. Biography of the ‘king of tattooists’, probably the most famous tattooist of his era, which spanned from 1890 through 1953. Tattooing in London through two World Wars, Burchett catered to both the rich London society and the poor alike creating one of the largest tattoo practices in the world. In the 1930s, he also developed cosmetic tattooing with such techniques as permanently darkening eyebrows. Illustrated with photographic plates. A very good copy in a good dust jacket with chipping along edges and previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown.
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