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Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds [Hardcover]

Hugh M. Hefner
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Nov. 15 2007
Talking about the centrefold at a Playmate reunion, Hugh Hefner said, "Without you, I'd be the publisher of a literary magazine."

For the first time ever, Playboy has collected together every single centrefold from every single issue--that's over 600 beautiful images, starting with Marilyn Monroe in 1953--reproduced in their original print size of one foot by nearly two feet tall. Housed in a handsome linen-covered clamshell art box carrying-case with foil die-cut stamping, this chronological collection comes with an introduction by Hugh Hefner and chapter openers from highly regarded writers such as Robert Stone, Jane Smiley, Robert Coover, Thom Jones and Jay McInerney.

The Centerfolds is a striking, must-have addition to Playboy's popular photography collection, which includes 50 Years: The Photographs, Celebrities and Brunettes. It's the ultimate indulgence for any passionate Playboy aficionado and collector.

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HUGH HEFNER is editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, the world's best-selling men's magazine at a global readership of almost 15 million. Playboy is read by 10 million North Americans every month. Winner of several awards, including the 1996 International Publishing Award from the International Press Directory in London, Hefner was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors in 1998.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Hugh! Nov. 29 2007
I think I'll leave it to others to write reviews about the deep philosophical significance of the Playboy centerfolds and contemporary American society. My capsule review is: here's a very heavy book with hundreds of photos of gorgeous females.

The rest of my review are random points:
* The total weight of this (reassuringly?) expensive package is thirty pounds, the combination lock case weighs five pounds.
* The production values are suitably sumptuous with photos printed in 200dpi screen on good paper and an obviously robust black binding holds it all together. The carrying case acts in lieu of a book jacket I guess.
* The centerfolds in the book are the same size as those in the perfect bound magazine. Prior to this the magazine was stapled and the centerfolds were a bit deeper by about three-quarters of an inch.
* There seems to confusion about how many Playmates are included in the unnumbered pages, 640 are named in the back of the book, from Rhonda Adams (June 1995) to Pamela Zinser (March 1974) but Janet Pilgrim made it three times. Marilyn Waltz and Marguerite Empey both appeared twice. Some centers featured two Playmates: The Collinson twins (October 1970) Carol and Darlene Beraola (January 2000) Deisy and Sarah Teles (December 2003) and the Dahm's (Erica, Nicole and Jacclyn) all appeared on the December 1998 centerfold. Playboy started in December 1953 and the last photo in the book is December 2006, you figure it out!
* There are five lucky photographers who seem to have spent their life telling Playmates to "Look straight at the camera, imagine it's your lover", Mario Casilli, Richard Fegley, Arny Freytag, Pompeo Posar and Stephen Wayda have between them taken over 350 centers. The book lists sixty-nine photographers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning edition Jan. 22 2009
I didn't know what to expect when I picked it up from the post office but the weight of the book spoke volumes about it's contents. The pages are very high quality as are the reproductions of the photos. The whole build of the book is very sturdy and aside from the fact that this is the biggest (size and weight) book that I own it's also the only book that comes with its own suitcase.

Truly a collector's item for lovers of the beautiful female body through the decades. Good job Playboy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic compilation June 1 2012
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Chronicle books once again proved the professionalism of their organisation. Congratulation for making this masterpiece available via the excellent service of Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Jan. 18 2013
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Great Book to own
I love it
Perfect for just the coffee table and conversation starter

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