Art Follows Nature: A
History of the Nude.
Berkeley: Edition One Books, 2016.
572 p. hardbound
signed and numbered edition of 500. $99.90 plus postage.
More than twenty
years in the making, these chapters have appeared as a regular column
Some faithful readers have called the author one of the greatest art
historians living today. This is the first history of the nude
from a nudist perspective. It is the first in full color.
And it is the first to include the whole world; it is especially
remarkable for its strong coverage of India and other non-Western
civilizations. Look at the illustrated table of contents, and read sample pages.
Art books are expensive; so is this one. But think of it this
way: At 572 pages with more than 700 full-color illustrations, you are
getting 7 beautiful nude pictures for a dollar. Where else can
you find a bargain like this? The book comes in a hardbound
signed and numbered limited edition of only 500 copies. So order
yours quickly. Order form
You can also listen to a 40-minute interview
with a reviewer.
Here are the back cover blurbs:
TWENTY YEARS IN THE MAKING
For more than two decades, Paul LeValley delighted readers of Naturally
magazine with his series on the nude in art history—the
longest-running column in the history of the American naturist
press. Now, for the first time, they are all gathered together,
with many additional artworks added.
SCHOLARLY YET FASCINATING
Thoroughly researched, the pages bristle with fresh examples and lively
NO OTHER BOOK LIKE IT
Only a few great books have been written on the nude in art. This
is the first comprehensive one in color—more than 700
illustrations. And this is the first book on the topic written
from a naturist perspective.
Paul LeValley thinks for himself. Not only does he introduce us
to lots of beautiful yet unfamiliar artworks, but he also explains how
they fit into the world and time in which they were created.
These works still resonate today.
THE WHOLE WORLD IS INCLUDED
Learn about the art and culture of Egypt, India, China, Greece, the
Middle East, American Indians, and Africa—plus every period in
the Western tradition, from Medieval to present.
A LEARNED GUIDE
Paul LeValley, Ph.D. has taught Art History (mostly India) at Florida
State University, as well as interdisciplinary Humanities at Florida A
& M University and Saginaw Valley State University in
Michigan. He has traveled in more than 60 countries, and seen
many of the artworks up close.
of the Naked Truth: Collected Writings on the Gymnosophists and Related
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2018. 478 p. hardbound,
FULL-SIZE edition. 68 black-and-white illustrations. $65
In 326 BCE, Alexander the Great met in
India a group of naked philosophers whom
he called Gymnosophists. Though the group went extinct
that, European (and middle-eastern) thinkers kept writing fabulous
tales about these
naked ascetics for the next two thousand years. All of the
basic sources are gathered here--as well as essays on the topic that
the author has
published over the years in hard-to-find scholarly journals scattered
continents. For the table of contents, click here.
As the only book on this important topic, this is a book that serious
college libraries must have. Some individuals will want their own
Be aware that the first edition was published in two sizes. You
can buy the miniaturized version on Amazon for less money, but the fine
print is difficult to read. Here you get the full-size 8.5 x 11"
Here are the back cover blurbs:
from exotic India,
Alexander the Great,
Lots of atheistic religions,
Pious medieval frauds:
They're all here in the world's first collection of
documents on the ancient Gymnosophists.
This book fills an important gap in the bookshelves of
nudists, as well as students of Indian religion, Greek history,
philosophy, and medieval literature.
The Orfalinda Trilogy
2004. 182 p. paperback. $15 includes postage.
Hardcover limited edition for rare
book collectors: The publisher
reverted to doing only paperbacks just six weeks after the hardbound
edition was published. Only 25 copies were ever printed.
Numbered and signed by the author, they sell for $30, postage
included. They have a separate ISBN number, and are available
these short stories and poems were written in the 1960s and '70s--with
a section of more recent essays added at the end. Here are
the back cover blurbs:
the set of title stories, a quiet teacher gets romantically involved
with two Mexican-American former students—mother and
(Oh my!) The final selection finds the author delivering the
keynote address at a nudist convention. (Oh my, oh
Actually, it's all quite tastefully done. Sandwiched between
provocative poems, Jehovah's Christmas monologue, Boy Scouts around the
campfire, royal genealogy, and America's social classes
With wise and witty commentary, the mature author looks back on "the
very best of my juvenilia." The writing is concise,
LeValley (1942- ) grew up on a farm near Morrice,
After teaching several years at Saginaw High School, he now
occasionally teaches World Humanities at Florida A & M
or Art of India at Florida State University. He has traveled
more than 60 countries, and published over 70 scholarly articles across
the full table of contents and some samples of the text.
History of Morrice
Tallahassee: by the author. First edition 2001. Second
100 p. paperback. $20 includes postage.
The second edition is now available--with 20 pages of pictures and
maps, plus the complete village census records 1880-1940. To read
a very short version, click here.
That will lead you to the censuses. Or you can order a
full paper copy of everything for
Tallahassee: Tallahassee Naturally.
First edition 1997. Second edition 2001.
Third edition 2007. Fourth edition 2017. 12 p. paperback.
It is published with two different covers: one specific to
Florida and one for everywhere else. $3.50
includes postage. ($2.75 in quantities of 10 or more).
booklet does not belong on your bookshelf, but in the files of each of your
county commissioners and state legislators. Over two
thousand copies have been hand-delivered across the nation.
brief excerpts, click here.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
The LeValleys of Monteagle: Descendants of
Peter LeValley of Warwick, RI. 2 volumes.
This has been an ongoing project for more than fifty
years. Some of the information
is posted at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~levalley.
The finished book will be two volumes of about 600 pages each,
with black-and-white illustrations and an 8-page color section.
Five Thousand Years.
This high school World History textbook was begun in 1972,
then largely neglected
for thirty years while the author pursued advanced degrees and college
teaching. Some parts of the manuscript can be found at http://www.paullevalley.com/school.
For the table of contents, click