Sunday, January 27, 2013

The BRIDAL NIGHT Germany 1931 Heinz Perckhammer Photos

Die Brautnacht (The Bridal Night) and Flucht aus der Ehe (Escape(?) from Marriage) a very rare, two volume set published in Germany by the Verlag fur Kulturforshung (Magnus Hirshfeld), 1931. Texts relate to the "wedding night", proper sexual intercourse for newlyweds, marriage "how-tos" as well as dealing with problems of infidelity and the urge to "escape" from married life. Touches on the problems of marriage and infidelity, prostitution, drug and alcohol addictions. Profusely illustrated with photographs, charts and artwork. 

The highlight lies at the back of the Die Brautnacht volume where "Mein Album", a group of six original photographic nudes are bound into the book in the form of a photo album. The photographs are uncredited, however details in the listings of German rare book dealers indicate that the photos were made by Heinz von Perckhammer. Perckhammer is celebrated for his very beautiful photobook, Edle Nacktheit in China, a book of Chinese female nudes, published in 1928.

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