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Barbie, Her Life and Times


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ISBN 10: 0517565749 / ISBN 13: 9780517565742
Published by Crown, New York, 1987
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stated first edition. Full number line. Not price-clipped, remaindered or library withdrawn. Mylar-protected dust jacket. Clean, bright & tight. The dust jacket has two small chips on the back fore-edge. The book is unmarked except for previous owner's nameplate on upper right corner of the first leaf. Also includes Barbie Trading Card sheet. Shipped padded in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 000648

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Title: Barbie, Her Life and Times

Publisher: Crown, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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From the moment she burst onto the scene in 1959, fully grown to her perennial height of 11 3/4 inches, exquisitely slim yet startlingly shapely, Barbie has brought millions of hours of pleasure and play to little girls throughout the world. Here is her story, chronicled by Billy Boy, jewelry designer, couture historian, and Barbie collector extraordinaire--a man who is arguably the world's greatest expert on the epoch's most glamorous doll.

From Publishers Weekly:

Jewelry and fashion designer BillyBoy,* whose Barbie collection totals 11,000 dolls with original outfits by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, demonstrates how the plastic toy reflects the changes of the last quarter of a decade in American standards of feminine beauty, fashion, social values, and political and cultural trends. Barbie, the embodiment of the American dream, was launched in 1959, and early products included lingerie, which combined high-fashion styling and romantic innocence, a baby-blue taffeta pillbox hat, reminiscent of Jacqueline Kennedy, a wedding gown, cookbook and dream house. Over the next two decades, Barbie would go from astronaut to aerobics aficionado and graduate from nurse to physician. She and her many friends would spawn black, Hispanic and Oriental versions. Replete with color illustrations and references to Barbie magazines, novels and board games, this rich reservoir of "Barbiemania" will spirit many delighted readers down memory lane. However, some feminists will be piqued: BillyBoy* insists that Barbie was recently "used as a scapegoat" by a clinical psychologist who claimed many women suffer mentally and physically while trying to achieve a "Barbie-like figure."
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