The Big Book of Legs

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Lovely Legs: From the Tip of the Toes to the Top of the Hose: Running the gamut of gorgeous gams

The female leg is an erotic oddity: non-genital, and nearly identical in structure to the male limb, there is no obvious reason why it should be eroticized. Yet through much of history, across many cultures, the female leg was kept covered and treated as taboo, until it became an object of sexual obsession. In Victorian times, the word ?leg? was forbidden in polite society, lest ...

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Overview

Lovely Legs: From the Tip of the Toes to the Top of the Hose: Running the gamut of gorgeous gams

The female leg is an erotic oddity: non-genital, and nearly identical in structure to the male limb, there is no obvious reason why it should be eroticized. Yet through much of history, across many cultures, the female leg was kept covered and treated as taboo, until it became an object of sexual obsession. In Victorian times, the word ’leg’ was forbidden in polite society, lest gentlemen be driven wild with lust. Even now, 80 years after women’s legs finally came out of hiding, their allure remains mysterious and powerful.

The third in Dian Hanson’s wildly successful series on erotic body parts explores how the female leg became central to women’s emacipation, from the French Revolution to the sexual revolution. Over 400 photos document the first burlesque shows of the 1800s, the silk-stockinged flappers of the 20s, the nylon-mania of the 40s, the dawn of the stiletto in the 50s, and the golden age of leg magazines in the 60s. Who wore the first high heels, how did nylons become a weapon of war, why were Betty Grable’s the "million dollar legs," where did Elmer Batters get his start, and just what is the deal with feet? The answers are all here, along with vintage photos by Irving Klaw, Peter Gowland, Bunny Yeager, Batters, and other great masters of leg art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836501880
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: Multilingu
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 403,248
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Another elegant selection from the Dian Hanson/Tashchen team

    The Big Book of Legs is the latest addition to a particularly groundbreaking and throughly well-reasoned and researched series of books produced by editor Dian Hanson and published by swiss publisher Taschen. Just as it's predecessors in this series, "The Big Breast Book" and "The Big Penis Book" were able to provide extraordinary, superior quality photography, insightul commentary and historical sidenotes on the history of the general public's "obsession" with whichever body part is literally "on view", The Big Book of Legs allows anyone with whatever interest they may have in the material on view to gleam something far more significant than a mere "Cheap Thrill".
    As an illustrator, my main interest in this material along with the other books in this series lies in using it's expansive photographic canon (which is broken into genre type, along with period and era separation, thus denoting how this particular body quadrant has been depicted...or, in some cases, despised...over the course of recorded history and the epoch of photography) for art reference purposes. However, if the reader is an avid student of arcane history (as I, too, am), this book, along with the other books in this series, will literally serve as a textbook (at a hefty 425+ pages) on all things sensual, silly and sublime.

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