Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nacktheit in China / The Culture of the Nude in China ,1928

Top left to right: German language edition, English language edition, German language limited edition, Publishers advertising folder. Bottom left to right: German language half-leather edition (dark blue leather), German language half-leather edition (light blue leather), English language half-leather edition.

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nacktheit in China, 1928, Regular edition

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China, dust jacket back and front.

 

 

Heinz von Perckhammer is one of the great unknown (Austria-Hungarian born – now Italy) German photographers. All his books are sought-after titles today.

In this book he published romantic soft focus nudes of Chinese girls that he took during his time in China and managed to smuggle back to Berlin. The National Socialists put this book on the Liste des schädlichen und unerwünschten Schrifttums (List of harmful and undesirable writings), one of the reasons just a few intact copies survived World War II. A contributing factor to it’s scarcity is the construction technique. Over time the tight silk band binding causes the pages to tear if you open the book too far. The printing quality is wonderful, as is his choice of paper. The pages are uncut and held together simply with a silk band. (Japanese stab binding)

Pictures of nude women, setting aside the ugly caricatures of the “Spring pictures”of erotic scenes, simply do not exist in China. Therefore I believe, I have created something entirely new and of value.” Heinz von Perckhammer

32 photographic reproductions (31 in book plus one on dust jacket) and 3 pages text by Perckhammer

Red front and end papers.

Published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag in German and English. Berlin 1928.

Soft cover with dust jacket bound with a red silk band

21.3 x 27.4cm

38 pages

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China, cover back and front.

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China, red end papers.

 

 

 


 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nacktheit in China, Promotional folder, 1928

 

 

Edle Nacktheit in China, four page promotional folder, front and back

 

 

Edle Nacktheit in China, four page promotional folder, inner pages

 

Published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag, Berlin 1928.

20.7 x 27.4cm

4 pages

 

Edle Nacktheit in China was published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag in 1928 and made available in three versions:

Regular edition RM 10.- (App. 45 Euros)

Half-leather edition RM 14.- (App. 63 Euros)

Limited silk edition of 150 numbered and signed copies RM 60.- (App. 270 Euros)

 


 

Heinz von Perckhammer, The Culture of the Nude in China, 1928, Regular edition

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, The Culture of the Nude in China. Dust jacket back and front.

 

 

English language edition of Edle Nacktheit in China.

32 photographic reproductions (31 in book plus one on dust jacket) and 3 pages text by Perckhammer

Red front and end papers.

Published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag, Berlin 1928.

Soft cover with dust jacket bound with a red silk band

21.3 x 27.4cm

38 pages

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, The Culture of the Nude in China. Cover back and front.

 


 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nacktheit in China, 1928, Limited edition

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China. Limited edition cover back and front.

 

Edition of 150 hand-numbered and signed copies.

Blue front and end papers.

31 photographic reproductions and 3 pages text by Perckhammer

Published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag, Berlin 1928.

Hard cover with golden cord

21.0 x 27.5cm

38 pages

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China. Limited edition. Blue front papers.

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China. Limited edition. Title page with edition number and signature.

 

 

 


 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nacktheit in China, 1928, Half-leather edition

 

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China. Half-leather edition (light blue leather spine).

 

German language edition with leather spine.

31 photographic reproductions and 3 pages text by Perckhammer

Blue front and end papers.

Published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag, Berlin 1928.

Hard cover with light blue leather spine and golden cord

21.0 x 27.5cm

38 pages

 


 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nacktheit in China, 1928, Half-leather edition

 

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, Edle Nackheit in China. Half-leather edition (dark blue leather spine).

 

Variation of the German language half-leather edition with a dark blue leather spine and a double bound gold cord.

31 photographic reproductions and 3 pages text by Perckhammer

Blue front and end papers.

Published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag, Berlin 1928.

Hard cover with dark blue leather spine and double bound golden cord

21.0 x 27.5cm

38 pages


 

Heinz von Perckhammer, The Culture of the Nude in China, 1928, Half-leather edition

 

 

Heinz von Perckhammer, The Culture of the Nude in China. Half-leather edition (light blue leather spine).

 

English language edition with leather spine.

31 photographic reproductions and 3 pages text by Perckhammer

Blue front and end papers.

Published by Eigenbrödler-Verlag, Berlin 1928.

Hard cover with light blue leather spine and golden cord

21.0 x 27.5cm

38 pages

 



 

Heinz von Perkhammer’s China images were widely published in international magazines during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The exoticism and mystery of a then largely unknown country and culture evoked mainstream interest in the Western World. See a selection of publications below.

 

 

UHU magazine, January 1928

 

10 picture portfolio of Heinz von Perckhammer’s China photographs illustrating an article in German UHU magazine.

Published the same year as the Edle Nacktheit in China books.

 

UHU Magazine, January 1928, pages 68 & 69

UHU Magazine, January 1928, pages 70 & 71

UHU Magazine, January 1928, pages 72 & 73

UHU Magazine, January 1928, pages 74 & 75

 


 

Von China und Chinesen, 1931

 

 

Publication in Von China und Chinesen published 1930 by Orell Füssli. Pages 14 & 15.

 

 


 

China and the Chinese, (1931)

 

 

Publication in China and the Chinese published by George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. London.
Pages 14 & 15.

 

UK. edition of Von China  und Chinesen.

 

 


 

DAS LEBEN magazine, June 1931

 

Publication in German magazine DAS LEBEN June 1931. Photograph on left page by Pollok. Photographs on right oage by Heinz von Perckhammer.

 


 

DAS LEBEN magazine, February 1932

 

Publication in German magazine DAS LEBEN, February 1932

 


 

DAS LEBEN magazine, October 1932

 

 

 


 

LE SOURIRE magazine, March 1933

 

 

Publication in French magazine Le Sourire March 1933. Illustrating the article “s’evader au dessus de la vie“ (to escape through life)

 

 


 

Nudes of all Nations, 1936

 

Publication in Nudes of all Nations. Published by George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. London 1936. Photograph on left page by E. O. Hoppé. Photograph on right page by Heinz von Perckhammer.

 

 

Publication in Nudes of all Nations. Published by George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. London 1936. Photograph on left page by Heinz von Perckhammer. Photograph on left page by E.N.A..

 

 

 

 


 

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