Yun Yu : An Essay on Eroticism and Love in Ancient China [Import] [Hardcover] Translator Etiemble; James Hogarth (Author)

Original slipcase. good condition. Erotic oriental Art.

Hardcover: 177 pages Publisher: Nagel Publishers; First edition (1970) Language: English ISBN-10: 0284391956 ISBN-13: 978-0284391957 Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches Shipping Weight: 4 pounds.

Yun Yu literally translates as "clouds and rain," a traditional and literary allusion to women's and men's sexuality. This book presents a fine collection of 16th-19th century erotic art, interspersing an informative essay on the several roles of sex in traditional Chinese culture.

Given at least 4000 years of written history, plus a large population covering wide and varied geography, there have been many roles and they've changed in many ways. The "Plain Girl" or "Simple Girl" represents one end of that range, firmly rooted in Taoist alchemy and pre-scientific medicine. Confucian formality addresses sex repressively, even proscribing excessive familiarity between husband and wife. And of course, when wealthy rulers had no one to answer to, they explored excesses the equal of any others in world history. Ãtiemble's essay is too short to detail the whole of China's historical attitudes towards sex, but gives an interesting and readable survey. That essay, however, is oddly independent of the book's many illustrations.

The artwork here dates largely from the 17th and 18th centuries, with a few earlier and later samples. This narrow slice of the China's lengthy history is all that remains after purges in puritanic eras. The artwork cover a wide range of artistic styles, but a few common elements stand out. In all of them, the spirit is gentle and consensual, and sometimes warmly humorous - a stark contrast to modern pornography. Most pictures also emphasize rich clothes and environments around the central players. Within that range, though, they depict a full range of practices: genital kissing and caresses, mixed- and same-sex coupling, and activities alone, in pairs, and in groups.

The quality of reproduction varies widely, however. Because of printing technology of the time, color pictures are often printed separately and pasted onto pages containing text. Although generally enjoyable, either the original contrast or subsequent fading has made some pictures indistinct. Many of the original works picked up a permanently rolled or wrinkled shape in storage. Lighting when the originals were photographed often emphasizes contours of the paper itself at the expense of the image, but could have made those shapes nearly invisible. Central figures are sometimes a small part of the whole image; when reduced to fit several images per page, those players and their play sometimes become too small to see except in a general way. The black and white reproductions vary most widely, however. Many are fine, but other suffer from coarse halftoning, muddy contrast, or blurred lines.

Item ID: 165

Yun Yu : An Essay on Eroticism and Love in Ancient China [Import] [Hardcover] Translator Etiemble; James Hogarth (Author)

Yun Yu : An Essay on Eroticism and Love in Ancient China [Import] [Hardcover] Translator Etiemble; James Hogarth (Author)
Yun Yu : An Essay on Eroticism and Love in Ancient China [Import] [Hardcover] Translator Etiemble; James Hogarth (Author)
Yun Yu : An Essay on Eroticism and Love in Ancient China [Import] [Hardcover] Translator Etiemble; James Hogarth (Author)
Yun Yu : An Essay on Eroticism and Love in Ancient China [Import] [Hardcover] Translator Etiemble; James Hogarth (Author)

Original slipcase. good condition. Erotic oriental Art.

Hardcover: 177 pages Publisher: Nagel Publishers; First edition (1970) Language: English ISBN-10: 0284391956 ISBN-13: 978-0284391957 Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches Shipping Weight: 4 pounds.

Yun Yu literally translates as "clouds and rain," a traditional and literary allusion to women's and men's sexuality. This book presents a fine collection of 16th-19th century erotic art, interspersing an informative essay on the several roles of sex in traditional Chinese culture.

Given at least 4000 years of written history, plus a large population covering wide and varied geography, there have been many roles and they've changed in many ways. The "Plain Girl" or "Simple Girl" represents one end of that range, firmly rooted in Taoist alchemy and pre-scientific medicine. Confucian formality addresses sex repressively, even proscribing excessive familiarity between husband and wife. And of course, when wealthy rulers had no one to answer to, they explored excesses the equal of any others in world history. Ãtiemble's essay is too short to detail the whole of China's historical attitudes towards sex, but gives an interesting and readable survey. That essay, however, is oddly independent of the book's many illustrations.

The artwork here dates largely from the 17th and 18th centuries, with a few earlier and later samples. This narrow slice of the China's lengthy history is all that remains after purges in puritanic eras. The artwork cover a wide range of artistic styles, but a few common elements stand out. In all of them, the spirit is gentle and consensual, and sometimes warmly humorous - a stark contrast to modern pornography. Most pictures also emphasize rich clothes and environments around the central players. Within that range, though, they depict a full range of practices: genital kissing and caresses, mixed- and same-sex coupling, and activities alone, in pairs, and in groups.

The quality of reproduction varies widely, however. Because of printing technology of the time, color pictures are often printed separately and pasted onto pages containing text. Although generally enjoyable, either the original contrast or subsequent fading has made some pictures indistinct. Many of the original works picked up a permanently rolled or wrinkled shape in storage. Lighting when the originals were photographed often emphasizes contours of the paper itself at the expense of the image, but could have made those shapes nearly invisible. Central figures are sometimes a small part of the whole image; when reduced to fit several images per page, those players and their play sometimes become too small to see except in a general way. The black and white reproductions vary most widely, however. Many are fine, but other suffer from coarse halftoning, muddy contrast, or blurred lines.

Item ID: 165

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