A Note From Hilaritas Press:
Decisions about how to put together the new Hilaritas Press edition of Ishtar Rising presented us with an array of issues that arise from the Book’s historical iterations. The 1974 Playboy Press edition, The Book of the Breast, a commissioned work from the magazine, had photographs interspersed throughout the text with captions written by Bob that followed the written narrative.
When Bob regained the rights to the book from Playboy Press in the mid 1980’s, he decided to republish it with the text largely as originally written, but with a new title and a new foreword. This new edition was published through a small publishing house, New Falcon Publications. The book that emerged in 1989 (sadly filled with typos), was quite different from the original. The New Falcon edition had inserted new photos and only SOME of the original photos, and all the photographs were clumped together in the center of the book, with no photo captions. We can only surmise that the effort of obtaining legal rights to all of the original photographs was deemed either too expensive or too daunting, as the New Falcon photo choices were quite different from the original. We also are guessing that if you couldn’t get all the original photos, then entering Bob’s original photo captions on just some of the images probably did not make sense.
In the new Hilaritas Press edition of Ishtar Rising, we have attempted to honor Bob’s original guidelines, and recreate the Playboy layout as much as possible. We took the time, effort and considerable expense of tracking down and gaining rights to as many of the original photos as possible. For those photos for which we could not locate permissions, we found suitable substitutions that worked with Bob’s photo captions. In many cases, when finding images that Playboy used, we were able to obtain the same image but at a much higher quality. Because of improvements in digital processing and printing, we can not only offer superior graphics, but also an Ishtar Rising in full color. We hope you enjoy the result!
Amor et Pasta Volans
Hilaritas Press Partners, Rasa and Christina