THIS LOT CONSISTS OF 2 BOOKS WITH PHOTOS BY WILL McBRIDE: The Sex Book, 1971 and Show Me!, 1975
The Sex Book: A Modern Pictorial Encyclopedia. Photographs by Will McBride. Text by Martin Goldstein, Erwin Haeberle. Herder and Herder, New York, 1971. 208 pp. Quarto. Clothbound. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous full-page black-and-white illustrations.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket; several small edge tears and some wear.
Will McBride rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s as a pre-eminent documentary photographer. His photo essays appeared regularly in various German magazines and became an important a chronicle of the Kennedy and Adenauer years. With the sexual revolution was in full swing, this facts-of-life book purported to offer readers "the first fully modern, completely informative, and pictorially honest encyclopedia on sex...It is modern because it looks upon sex and the human body as natural and beautiful."
Show Me! A Picture Book of Sex for Children and Parents. Photography, captions, and design by Will McBride. Explanatory text by Dr. Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1975. 176 pp. Folio. First English language edition. Hardbound in library protected dust jacket. Numerous full-page black-and-white reproductions.
Fine+ in Fine- dust jacket; jacket show some tanning at extremities; chip measuring 4" x 1/4" to upper rear of jacket.
With the sexual revolution in full swing, this facts-of-life book purported to offer readers "an explicit and realistic presentation of sex, [which] spare children fear and guilt feelings related to sexuality...With much care and under great difficulty we succeeded in photographing the children in such a way that their natural behavior came through." A little too explicit it seems. The book was withdrawn from publication in the U.S.; one can hardly imagine a mainstream publisher in this day and age even getting close to such a project. An unbelievable period piece!