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The Complete Reprint of John Willie's Bizarre (2 Volumes) Hardcover – February 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1824 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 1st US thus edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822892696
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822892695
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
John Wille's magazine "Bizarre" is reprinted in two hardcover books that come in a slipcover package that measures 8" x5 1/2" x 4" thick. It's full of his drawings and photos of corsets, high heel fetish shoes, pin ups of the era and page after page of women in bondage and they are just loving it. Its sort of kinky stuff: tiny waisted women who love being tied up but the people who enjoy reading about such things will love these two volumes and will want to add it to their
collection along with their DVD of Bettie Page and some pictures of Ashley Renee and Darla Crane.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The Complete Reprints of John Willie's Bizarre
is a superb reference collection of taboo
attitudes and trends from the early part of the 20th century. They reveal your grandparents and
great-grandparents deep sexual secrets and practices. They also shed light on the 19th and 20th Century finishing schools, and the methods used in these bizarre institutions. In the words or Eric Kroll, "John Willie is the father of modern fetish art and humor. He helped get fetish art into the mainstream." *****(out of 5)...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Weiser on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This collection of two hardcovers is a real conversation piece. Both editions are full of B&W/color photos, illustrations, comics, advertisements, and cartoons. There is a heavy slant on bondage, restraint, and domination.
This is a facinating look back into 1940's women's fashions and attitudes which were a step beyond the norm.
The two editions are hardcover and come boxed.
If you like this, I also recommend EXOTIQUE which is also published by Taschen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The complete series are reprinted in high quality paper back in large size format. All of the excellent drawings are well presented and the full unabridged text is preserved for all readers. The subject matter was daring in its time and still retains that haunting exotiqua that is John Willie. Readers and afficionados will not be disappointed. It is racy without vulgarity and caters to those interested in the beautiful and the stunning.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book comes from an S/M bondage magazine that was published between 1948 and 1959. For perverts by a pervert. None of the pictures are X rated. Many letters to the editor. An interesting look at the history of S/M, corsets, and bondage. Some articles on slavery and medieval gags.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Brown on September 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Bizarre is clearly the basis for much similar modern writing - you can see its influence in many places today. However, it is of more than historical interest; a lot of it is enjoyable reading even today, and some of the bondage pictures - even in murky black and white - are magnificent. I have been inspired and encouraged by it to lace my corsets tighter and wear shoes with higher heels. Of course, after half a century some things have changed; we would no longer encourage teenage girls to smoke or countenance cruelty to horses for example. (We might not even want to encourage the caning of children, but in modern society ill-treating horses is probably considered a worse sin!) However, if this sort of thing appeals to you, buy these books.
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