(W) Dian Hanson Ed (A/CA) Various. The Kama Sutra gives detailed instructions on how to spank it. Contemporary Italians touch it for luck before placing a bet. Americans are having it cosmetically enhanced at rates approaching breast enlargement surgery. The female butt* tush* culo* or derri re has always inspired awe* fantasy* and slavish devotion. Curiously* its primary purpose is functional rather than aesthetic: butts balance our bodies while running* according to biologists. But ask any pygophiliac as fundament fans are clinically termed and you'll get the same answer: female hindquarters exist to please the eye* the hands* and parts south. Sir Mix-a-Lot said it all when he proclaimed* "My anaconda don't want none* unless you've got buns* hun." All of this valuable insight* as well as some 400 photos from 1900 to 2008* were included in TASCHEN's original The Big Butt Book* released in 2010. Now* that same content is compressed and reconfigured into TASCHEN's popular Bibliotheca Universalis format* with some new photos thrown in just for fun. You'll still find works by Elmer Batters* Jean-Paul Goude* Ralph Gibson* Richard Kern* Jan Saudek* Ed Fox* Guido Argentini* and Sante D'Orazio* of butts ranging from petite Pam Anderson's to sumptuous Serena Williams's* all contextualized by interviews with porn icon John (Buttman) Stagliano* filmmaker Tinto Brass* and butt queens Buffie the Body* Coco Austin*and Brazil's Watermelon Woman* but in a portable size* at an affordable price. What could be more bootylicious?