Heinz von Perckhammer, Peking, 1928

Hard cover edition, dust jacket back and front

 


Published the same year as Edle Nacktheit in China (The culture of the nude in China) Heinz von Perckhammer presents us with images of Peking which have various degrees of image treatment: from clear and sharp, to the dreamlike soft-focus of the Pictorialists. It almost seems as if he could not quite decide which visual language to choose between.
The pictures are printed in rich sepia (a little too rich for my taste) with a border and image captions in four languages.
Most books in the ‘Das Gesicht der Städte’ – or indeed the similar ‘Orbis Terrarum’ – series focus on straightforward photographs of landscapes, and architectural and city views. Perckhammer’s book often excludes people from cityscapes and landmarks, but it does show many street scenes featuring people, and includes a large amount of portraits. Many people are obviously posing for his camera, giving a somewhat theatrical feel to the images. The inclusion of these portraits definitely makes this book stand out from the rest of the “Das Gesicht der Städte” series.

Heinz von Perckhammer’s Peking was published by Albertus Verlag in 1928 as part of the “Das Gesicht der Städte” series. The book was first published as hard cover in blue cloth with dust jacket and slipcase and as a soft cover version with dust jacket.
It was republished some years later with a different cover design, hard card cover and linen spine(see below)

Captions in German, English, French and Spanish

Published by Albertus Verlag GmbH, Berlin, 1928 (Publisher C. O. Justh)

8 pages introduction by Arthur Holitscher

5 pages table of contents

1 page map

200 pages photographs by Heinz von Perckhammer

Hard cover with dust jacket and slipcase. Also published as soft cover with dust jacket.

22 x 30cm

222 pages

 

Slipcase back, spine and front

Cover back and front

 

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Peking, 1928 (Softcover edition)

 

Soft cover edition, dust jacket back and front

 

Captions in German, English, French and Spanish

Published by Albertus Verlag GmbH, Berlin, 1928 (Publisher C. O. Justh)

8 pages introduction by Arthur Holitscher

5 pages table of contets

1 page map

200 pages photographs by Heinz von Perckhammer

Soft cover with dust jacket.

22 x 30cm

222 pages

 

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Peking, 1928? (Half-cloth edition)

 

Half-cloth edition, dust jacket back and front

 

This edition was published without the 8 pages introduction by Arthur Holitscher.
The title on the dust jacket and cover was changed to Peking – Das Gesicht einer Stadt.

Captions in German, English, French and Spanish

Published by Albertus Verlag GmbH, Berlin, 1928 (Most likely later) (Publisher C. O. Justh)

5 pages table of contets

1 page map

212 pages photographs by Heinz von Perckhammer

Hard cover with dust jacket.

23 x 30.4cm

222 pages

 

Half-cloth edition, cover back and front

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slipcase, Cloth edition, Half-cloth edition, soft cover edition

 


 

Four images from the Peking book were later published in the December 1936 National Geographic magazine, illustrating a story with the title ‘Peiping’s Happy New Year’.

The original captions used in the Peking book were embellished or given a more ‘human’ touch for the National Geographic. For example:
‘Camel driver’ became ‘The youthful driver’s merry laugh seems to make the camel smile too’
‘A learned Monk’ became ‘Pekingese both – a learned Monk and his tiny dog’
‘New Year’s greeting’ became ‘I respectfully wish you blessings of joy’
‘The Temple Guardian’ to ‘“Who goes there?”’

 

 

 

 

 


 

Main publications including works by Heinz von Perckhammer:

Peking (Das Gesicht der Städte series), published by Albertus Verlag 1928.
Edle Nacktheit in China (The culture of the nude in China) Eigenbrödler-Verlag 1928.
Von China und Chinesen (Schaubücher series) published by Orell Füssli Zürich 1930, and the English edition China and the Chinese (Seen by the Camera series) published by George Routledge & Sons Ltd.

Some of Perckhamer’s photographs are included in:
Die Brautnacht Eine ethnologisch-kulturgeschichtliche u. sexualphysiologische Schilderung ihres Wesens und ihrer Bedeutung; Eine Morphologie ihrer Erscheinungsformen. Die legitime Erotik (Band 1); Verlag für Kulturforschung Wien, Berlin, Leipzig, 1931.
Flucht aus der Ehe from Dr. Alfred Kind und Prof. Julian Herlinger Eine psychologisch-physiologische Darstellung, Ein Beitrag zur Soziologie der Sexualmoral und der Geschichte der Untreue in der Ehe. Die legitime Erotik (Band 2); Verlag für Kulturforschung Wien, Berlin, Leipzig, 1931.
Menschen am Wasser published by Verlag Willi Bischof Berlin in 1936.

 

Peking, Von China und Chinesen, China and the Chinese, Die Bautnacht, Flucht aus der Ehe, Menschen am Wasser

Peking, Von China und Chinesen, China and the Chinese, Die Bautnacht, Flucht aus der Ehe, Menschen am Wasser