Dr. Hans Killian, FACIES DOLOROSA (Painful faces), 1934, 1956, 1967

Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1956, 1934, 1967

 

Dr. H. Killian, Facies Dolorosa – Das schmerzensreiche Antlitz (Physiognomik und Mimik kranker Menschen), Painful faces – The countenance of pain (Physiognomy and facial expressions of sick people), 1934.

Hans Killian was a German surgeon who photographically documented the facial expressions of patients experiencing varying levels of pain.
This collection of haunting black and white portrait photographs of suffering – with patients often looking directly into the camera as if pleading for help or relief – are hard-hitting: once seen, never forgotten.
A light blue illustrated dust jacket covers the black, gold-lettered cover.
The book opens with text (preface, index and explanatory text) followed by 32 pages of  photographs.
The book was originally intended as a reference work for others in the medical profession. It was re-published twice in extended form (see below). Though now perhaps of lesser interest to doctors and scientists, it has become a highly sought after item for collectors of photography books.
This is without any doubt one of the most outstanding and important books of photographic portraiture.

64 photographs
24 pages text
3 pages preface by Hans Killian
1 1/2 pages index
14 pages explanatory text

Hard cover, dust jacket

23 x 29cm

88 pages

Dr. Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1934, Dust jacket back and front

Dr. Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1934, Cover back and front

 

 


 

 

Prof. Dr. H. Killian, Facies Dolorosa – Das schmerzensreiche Antlitz 1956 – Neu bearbeitete und ergänzte Auflage (Revised and extended edition)

 

Prof. Dr. Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1956, dust jacket with obi-band back and front

 

 

This is the second edition, revised and extended.

A coated paper stock is used throughout the book, meaning that the texts and the photographs are printed on the same type of paper.
One obvious difference to the first edition is that all photographs are printed on the right page leaving the opposite page blank.
2 anatomical drawings were added in the text section.
A blue obi-band praises the books importance and “warns” the reader to view with caution.

69 photographs
3 pages index
2 1/2 pages references
50 pages explanatory text
2 pages illustrations
6 pages publishers ads‚

Published by Dustri-Verlag, Remscheid-Lennep, 1956.

Hard cover, dust jacket, obi-band, slipcase, publisher’s note

204 pages

21.6 x 30.1cm

Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1956, slipcase back and front

Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1956, dust jacket back and front

Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1956, cover back and front

Publishers note laid in

Two illustrations of faces in the text section

 

 

 


 

 

Prof. Dr. H. Killian, Facies Dolorosa – Das schmerzensreiche Antlitz. (Physiognomik und Mimik kranker Menschen), 1967

 

Prof. Dr. Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1967, dust jacket back and front

 

This is the 3rd revised and extended edition.

The text pages are printed on matt paper.
The photographs are printed on glossier paper. (The first and second editions are printed on coated paper stock throughout.)
Each photograph in the picture section is printed with another photograph opposite, as in the first edition from 1934.
The two illustrations of faces in the text section are overlaid with a translucent page with additional drawings.

Published by Dustri-Verlag Dr. Karl Feistle, München-Deisenhofen, 1967.
73 photographs
2 illustrations with translucent overlays
3 pages bibliography
69 pages text
1 page index

Hard cover, dust jacket, slipcase

21.9 x 27.6cm

162 pages

 

Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1967, slipcase back and front

Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1967, cover back and front

Illustration in the text section overlaid with a translucent page

Illustration in the text section

Illustration in the text section overlaid with a translucent page

 


 

 

 

Hans Killian, Facies Dolorosa, 1934, 1956, 1967