The Big Book of Legs

The Big Book of Legs

Hardback Language: English / French / German

Edited by Dian Hanson

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  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH
  • Format: Hardback | 360 pages
  • Language: English / French / German
  • Dimensions: 306mm x 310mm x 28mm | 3,162g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cologne
  • ISBN 10: 3836501880
  • ISBN 13: 9783836501880
  • Edition: Multilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Multilingual
  • Illustrations note: zahlreiche farbige Abbildungen
  • Sales rank: 111,220

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The legendary leg. Gobs of gorgeous gams. The female leg is a sexual oddity. It's non-genital, nearly identical in structure to the corresponding male body part, and there is no obvious reason why it should be eroticized. Yet, through much of history, across many cultures, the female leg was hidden from sight and treated as such a taboo topic that it became an object of intense sexual obsession. In the Victorian era, the word 'leg' was so forbidden that it couldn't be uttered in polite society, lest men be driven wild with lust. Even now, 80 years after women's legs came out of hiding, their allure remains strong. In this third book of Dian Hanson's wildly successful body parts series, she explores how freeing the female leg became central to women's liberation, beginning with the French Revolution and ending with the sexual revolution. Over 400 photos document the first burlesque 'leg shows' of the 1800s, the silk-stockinged flappers of the 1920s, the nylon-mania of the 1940s, the dawn of the stiletto heel in the 1950s, all leading to the golden age of leg magazines in the 1960s. Learn who wore the first high heels, how nylons became a weapon of war, why Betty Grable's were the million dollar legs, where Elmer Batters got his start and just what the deal is with feet, while enjoying great vintage photos by Irving Klaw, Batters, and other great masters of leg art.

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Dian Hanson is TASCHEN's sexy book editor. As a 25-year veteran of men's magazine publishing, she edited titles including Puritan, OUI, Outlaw Biker, Juggs, and Leg Show. Her many books for TASCHEN include The Big Book of Breasts and The Big Penis Book.