Graz: Akademischer Verlag, 1930. Large octavos (26 × 20.5 cm). Original pictorial and photo-illustrated wrappers; 384 pp. (consecutive pagination). Many illustrations from photographs. About very good; light overall wear and minor staining; nos. 3 and 6 with minor loss to covers.
Wilhelm Polzer was a retired detective who, according to the introduction to these volumes, toured Germany and abroad, delivering lectures on sexual perversion. The suggestion was made for him to publish his lectures and related articles and notes, in order to distribute them to a wider audience. He writes that these volumes were published with the goal of increasing understanding, support, and tolerance. (“Der grossen Menge der Normalempfindenden das Verständnis für das Leben und Treiben aller von Natur aus anders eingestellten Menschen näher zu bringen, die Leiden dieser Menschen zu verstehen, zu mildern und womöglich zu beseitigen”). The introduction goes on to mention the established indisputable facts of homosexuality, as well as to caution against the unfair treatment of those who seek sexual pleasure outside the established norms. Among the topics discussed and depicted are “Geschlechtsfälschungen” (gender forgeries), “transvestism,” sadism, masochism, hermaphroditism, sodomy, narcissism, prostitution, castration, adultery, tattoos, drugs, homosexuality, torture and eroticism, bigamy, bondage, fetishes, aphrodisiacs, massage, and menstruation. Given the work’s scarcity, it was almost certainly confiscated at the time of publication or shortly thereafter (via inclusion in the Polunbi), and likely would have been targeted by Nazi authorities after 1933.
As of March 2022, KVK, OCLC only show the holdings at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, with none found in North America.
Book ID: 51925