Chinese Footbinding: The History of a Curious Erotic Custom. Howard S. Levy.

Chinese Footbinding: The History of a Curious Erotic Custom

Southern Materials Center Inc. (Taipei) / Bell Publishing Company (New York), 1967. Mary Jane Harley (jacket and endpaper designs). Hardcover. This is a Taiwanese reprint although it is unclear whether it is an authorized reprinted or a pirated edition. Used - Very Good. Red faux leather boards with gilt lettering to spine; some mottling to boards can be seen. Binding tight and square. Endpapers have some foxing and discoloration. Text block is clean and unmarked. Two pages are creased. B/W illustrations throughout. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index. 15 x 21.5 cm. 352 pp. / Very Good. Exterior is well preserved, with light wear to edges. Spine has some fading. Item #9985

From jacket flap:

This is the first complete history in a Western language of a custom which seems utterly barbarous to the West, but which persisted for a thousand years in China. The author examines footbinding's origins in history, the background of Chinese life which kept it flourishing, and the varies efforts by liberal reformers and missionaries to abolish it.

Price: HK$140.00