New York: The Macmillan Company, 1927.
First American Edition. Hardcover. A complete and well-preserved first American printing of Hambly's The History of Tattooing. This 1927 tome on the subject of tattooing explores body marking as a religious rite and form of worship throughout indigenous cultures, body marking and magic, body marking as social and anti-social, as well as technique, geographic considerations, and the historical distribution of tattooing throughout the world. Illustrated throughout in frontispiece, fold-out map: "Map of World, showing Variations and Distribution of Corporal Markings," 7 plates, and 16 in-text illustrations. Rare in the trade.
8 7/8" X 5 7/8". 346pp. Original publisher's deep red cloth over boards, with spine lettered and stamped in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with corners bumped and turned in, gilt dulled, small tears to head and tail of spine, and 1 3/4" long tear to edge of head of spine. Front hinge cracking, with tear along hinge and webbing visible. Binding remains sound. Previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown and inked note to front free endpaper. Pages are clean and unmarked. Complete with frontispiece, immaculate fold-out map: "Map of World, showing Variations and Distribution of Corporal Markings," 7 plates, and 16 in-text illustrations. Good. Item #3511