DIE FRAUENKLEIDUNG UND IHRE NATÜRLICHE ENTWICKLUNG Dritte, völlig umgearbeitete Auflage. Mit 269 textabbildungen und 1 tafel. Verlag von Ferdinand Enke. Stuttgart, 1904.
1904. Large 8vo, pp. xvi, 403, 20 publisher’s advertisements; with colour frontispiece, two colour maps, 269 figures in the text some of which are coloured; small nick at head of p. 382; gutter exposed at p, 2 and at p. [vi] of the advertisements; Third edition (first 1900) of this ethnological study on female clothing and dress, by the controversial German physician Carl Heinrich Stratz (1858-1924).
Stratz came to prominence with his work of 1897, ‘Die frauen auf Java’, considered now to be a controversial and complex work. The result of a five year stay on the island of Java, his gynaecological work of 1897 has subsequently come under critical review by academics, as an example of several works at the turn of the century termed as ‘pornographic racial taxonomy’. It was to be the first of several ethnological works published by Stratz, and once again several of the photographs seen in the present work depict naked or semi-naked women, often fully exposed. Contained as they were within a strictly scientific study, contemporary readers were reassured the images could be viewed without fear of censure - though not a view shared by readers today. This fascination with native and ‘exotic’ races was also studied in his publication of 1901 of Die Rassenschönheit des Weibes, in which he evaluated scientifically various ethnic groups for their beauty, to eventually find that none could measure up against the standard of white, feminine beauty, and which has again become the main focus of academic criticism and censure.
Condition: in the original decorated green cloth, spine a little foxed, with some soiling to margins of covers, book block a little shaken; a good copy.