An explicitly illustrated historic perspective on nude photography, with brief chapter introductions about the juxtoposition of photography with societal mores, technology, and art. Most depictions of nudes in art and photography are not for the sake of art, this collection is no exception. The models are for the most part ordinary looking women and a few men of their day in curious and revealing poses, but there are some gems within the collection, and a few that might be mistaken for present day centerfolds. As a photographer, historic collector, and artist I found it interesting, enlightening, well printed, and sometimes a bit surprizing. For example, the similarity of appearance, pose, and subject to some of the more famous contemporary painters of the time suggests common sources of inspiration. Compare Reutlinger's 1890 stage girl in this collection to John Collier's 1892 painting of Lilith (or for that matter, Boris Vallejo's 1978 Transfiguration), or compare Huber's 1875 photo with John Singer Sargents fammous painting of a Nude Egyptian Girl. Readers interested in a more complete perspective may also enjoy Vigue's1000 Masterpieces of Painting Nudes and Pearsall's Tell me, pretty maiden: The Victorian and Edwardian nude.