Stuttgart: Union Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft, First edition, 1902. Folio, 15.5 x 11.25 inches (39 x 28.5 cm). xxiv p., 60 plates, printed double-sided in black and white on thick, glossy stock. Collated, complete. With folio-sized booklet also illustrated with Allers' renowned natural portraits of young men during their coming-of-age and through their rise into public status. His last published work, released in 1902, the same year Allers was legally accused of homosexuality and pederasty. Allers fled Germany before legal proceedings, and the eventual sentence of 4.5 years imprisonment, pronounced in absentia. According to Tito Fiorani (Le dimore del mito, La Conchiglia, Capri 1996, pp. 23 e 24), "Allers had distinctly homosexual tendencies, and liked to surround himself with boys, whom he often used as models". This is a very good copy, rebacked in matching pale blue cloth, with original boards. Gilt embossed titles and portrait mounted on the cover. With light rubbing wear/fading to extremeties. Booklet with a crease to lower left corner. With decorative flaps encasing the leaves and booklet. Very scarce. Very Good.