PARRY, Albert. Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art, as practiced by the Natives of the United States.

(New York, NY): Simon and Schuster, 1933.  First edition.  Octavo.  171 pages.  A landmark work on tattooing that takes a Freudian approach to the subject asserting that there was a strong link between tattooing and sex.  The volume is one of the first to analyse the subconscious motivations and erotic implications behind tattooing, examining overt and subliminal messages of romance, patriotism, and religious fervour.  Illustrated with three full page colour illustrations and 24 full page black-and-white illustrations.  This is a very good plus copy in a nice example of the very scarce dust jacket.  A nice copy of this important and early work on tattooing in America.


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