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Vintage and Pulp Paperbacks

Known for their sexy and outlandish cover art, pulp magazines and paperback books have quite the storied reputation and history. Originally named for the type of paper used in printing, pulp fiction has a large cult following that grew exponentially in the 1940's and 1950's. Pulp and other vintage fiction centered largely on sexualized, over the top exploits and crazy plot twists. There were a few highly popular genres featured in pulp literature, including horror, hard broiled detective mysteries, tales of deranged and misogynistic sadists, and even science fiction and fantasy. Pulp magazines featured ongoing, serialized stories, and pulp paperbacks were often serialized as well. Because of the cheap quality of the paper, pulp magazines and books were very inexpensive to purchase, often priced at 10 or 15 cents. With the rise of men's magazines in the 1950's, pulp literature began to wane, but with its zany and often offensive content, pulp certainly had a deep and interesting effect on American culture.

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American Pulp Fiction - A Collection of Vintage Detective Magazines
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American Pulp Fiction - A Collection of Vintage Detective Magazines

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San Anselmo, California
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Various places and Publishers. 1936-1941. Bound in pictorial staplebound wrappers. Collection presented in 3 large stylized soft portfolios with period black silk stocking tied closures. 11" x 14 Collection is comprised of : Official Detective Stories - 5/36, 6/36, 9/36. Tru-Life Detective Cases - 10/41, 11/41, 1/42. Secret Detective Cases - 2/42. Sensational Detective Tru-Crime Cases - 6/41, 7/41, 11/41, 12/41, 2/42. Crime Confessions - 11/39, 7/40, 1/41, 4/41, 5/41, 6/41, 7/41, 8/41, 9/41, 10/41, 11/41, 12/41, 1/42. Illustrated with Pulp Cover Art , monochrome photographs, period advertisements, etc. The term, Pulp Fiction , originated from the magazines of the first half of the 20th century which were printed on cheap "pulp" paper and published fantastic, escapist fiction for the general entertainment of the mass audiences. The pulp fiction era provided a breeding ground for creative talent which would influence all forms of… Read More
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To Catch a Thief
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To Catch a Thief

by Dodge, David

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  • very good
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Used - Very Good
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Dell Paperback
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Paperback
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Robertsdale, Alabama
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Dell (#658), New York. Copyright, MCMLI, MCMLII. Paperback (11 x 16 cm), 224 pages. Very Good condition. Some edge wear (rubbing) on rear cover along the spine. Creases along spine. There is a very small rubbed spot on front cover, at top between the words 'nortorious' and 'jewel' in the headline. Page edges stained blue-green. Pages browning. Cover painting by Mike Ludlow. Additional photos available upon request.
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Winged Death in Weird Tales March 1934
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Winged Death in Weird Tales March 1934

by Lovecraft, H. P.; Heald, Hazel

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Used
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First Edition
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Schenectady, New York
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Indianapolis: Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 1934. First Edition. Pictorial wrappers. Pages are toned, tiny chip to spine heel, a couple of minor closed tears and creases to front cover. A nice, very good+ copy. Collects stories by Hugh B. Cave, Edmond Hamilton, Clark Ashton Smith, Paul Ernst, and others. Cover art by Margaret Brundage. ; Octavo.
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Winged Death in Weird Tales March 1934
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Winged Death in Weird Tales March 1934

by Lovecraft, H. P.; Heald, Hazel

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First Edition
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Schenectady, New York
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Indianapolis: Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 1934. First Edition. Pictorial wrappers. Pages are toned, small abrasion to fore edge, light wear to edges. A bright, near fine copy. Collects stories by Hugh B. Cave, Edmond Hamilton, Clark Ashton Smith, Paul Ernst, and others. Cover art by Margaret Brundage. ; Quarto.
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Lips of Death (Includes Betrayed by Ghosts; Bobby-Sox Murder; Bomb for a Bride; Crime in Gaol;...
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Lips of Death (Includes Betrayed by Ghosts; Bobby-Sox Murder; Bomb for a Bride; Crime in Gaol; Escape from the Terror; Gang Guns Flame; Lips of Death; Murder is So Simple; Twice Scorned Lover.)

by True Crime Cases

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Used
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Paperback
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Toronto: Superior Publishers [circa 1940s]. (Trade paperback) 127pp. Good to very good. Contains 9 true stories. The covers are quite presentable with only very small chips and tears along the edges and a small crack across the spine. Scarce. Includes Betrayed by Ghosts, The Bobby-Sox Murder, Bomb for a Bride, Crime in Gaol, Escape from the Terror, Gang Guns Flame, Lips of Death, Murder is So Simple & The Twice Scorned Lover. (True Crime, True Crime).
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The Juvies
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The Juvies

by Ellison, Harlan

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Used - A fine bright copy
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First
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Paperback
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scranton, Pennsylvania
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$325.00
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Ace D-513 (35¢), 1961. First. Softbound. A fine bright copy. a paperback original.
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A Mad Look at Old Movies

A Mad Look at Old Movies: Lights! Camera! Nausea!

by DeBartolo, Dick

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Used
Edition
First Edition; First Printing stated
Binding
Paperback
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Maysville, Georgia
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Softcover. 192 pp. Signet/New American Library, New York (1966). First Edition. First Printing. "First Printing, November, 1966" stated on CP. D2955 in the Signet series. 50-cent OP on cover. Bright, clean, unmarked copy in Fine condition. Light creases on front card. Collectible quality. More photos on request. Shipped in a box within a box, in bubble wrap, with a tracking number.
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$300.00
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Three Ring Mad

Three Ring Mad

by Feldstein, Albert B. (Editor)

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  • Paperback
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Used
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First Edition; First Printing stated
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Paperback
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Maysville, Georgia
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Softcover. 192 pp. Signet Books/ New American Library. (1964). First Edition. First Printing stated on CP. Bright, clean, and unmarked, with the exception of black marker over price on front card. D2439 in the Signet series. Near Fine. More photos on request. Shipped in a box within a bubble wrap media mailer, with a tracking number.
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Sally

Sally

by Marshall, Alan (Pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake)

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  • near fine
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Used - Near Fine
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Paperback
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Pullman, Washington
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$170.00
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New York, New York: Midwood Books / Tower Publications, 1959. MMPB. Near Fine. Presumed First Edition The girl who was willing to try anything once… ** Salacious lesbian collectible novel with wonderful cover art by Paul Rader, Midwood 22. Book is in great shape, possibly unread, with only the barest wear that tends to need looked for rather than easily noticeable. Some very light bumping to corners is the main bullet point. Lush deep red dyed page edges. Kept in poly sleeve for protection. Packed and shipped with care.
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Junkie / Narcotic Agent
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Junkie / Narcotic Agent

by Lee, William (William S, Burroughs) / Hellbrandt, Maurice

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Used - Very Good+
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
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Brossard, Quebec
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$665.19
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Ace, New York, 1953. First edition. Condition: Very good plus; book has slight edge wear and creasing along spine, slight darkening on interior pages. Ace Double Books D-15.Burroughs' classic "confessions of an unredeemed drug addict". His first published book. A very nice copy of this famous example of "write what you know".
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Television News, Jan. - Feb. 1932, Volume 1, Number 6

Television News, Jan. - Feb. 1932, Volume 1, Number 6

by Hugo Gernsback, Editor

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  • near fine
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Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Printing
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Paperback
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Mount Morris, Illinois/ New York: Popular Book Corporation, 1932. Near Fine, small corner crease bottom corner rear wrapper, very light rubbing. SCARCE in collectible condition. . First Printing. Magazine. Near Fine. Tall 4to - over 9¾" - 12" Tall.
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You Only Live Twice
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You Only Live Twice: With Rare Movie Tie-In Wrap

by Fleming, Ian

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Used - Very Good
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Paperback
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Woolloongabba, Queensland
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The first edition PAN X434 was published in the UK in 1965 with a cover by Raymond Hawkey and "Not for sale in the in the UK", 250,000 copies were printed in July 1965.
The second edition of PAN X434 were printed in 1966 and shipped with a movie tie-in cover replacing the Hawkey scorpion and pearl cover. PAN Books had remaining stock of the first printing of 1965 with the Hawkey cover and applied a wrap of the movie tie-in edition to the remaining 1965 copies.
There is no record as to how many of these variants were shipped by PAN, the majority of the authentic variants discovered over the years have been found in Australia.
This a good unread copy, has tanned pages and foxing. The foxing is on the inside of the cover and first page, first page has a vertical tanning section where the wrap faces, this tanning supports the authenticity of this being the actual book shipped with the wrapper and not swapped out for another copy, there is a remains clipping to the front cover. The back cover has foxing… Read More
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The Red Car
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The Red Car

by Stanford, Don

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  • very good
  • Paperback
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition thus
Binding
Paperback
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Madison, Indiana
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New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1962. Tempo Books Edition, T10. First Printing. Softcover. Sextodecimo. 7 x 4.25 inches. 254 pp. Very Good. No dust jacket as issued. Mass market paperback in pictorial wrappers with cover art by Jo Polseno. Edges dyed red. Text block square and tight. Minor rubbing and edgewear to wrappers. Slight browning to pages. School library stamp to top and bottom edges and versos of front and back wrappers, else free of markings. Extremely scarce early softcover issue.
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An Illustrated Catalogue of Trade Publications; Season 1911-1912
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An Illustrated Catalogue of Trade Publications; Season 1911-1912

by [Rand McNally Press]

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First Edition
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Sydney, New South Wales
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Chicago: Rand McNally & Co, 1911. First Edition. First edition of this surprisingly scarce Rand McNally publisher's catalogue with a focus on illustrated children's books and classic literature. With colour plates by Lucy Fitch Perkins for 'The Enchanted Peacock' by Julia Brown, Grace Chandler Horn for 'Hiawatha' by Henry W. Longfellow, Hope Dunlap for 'The Rose Fairies' by Olivia McCabe, Magniel Wright Enright for 'The Garden of Hearts Delight' by Ida Huntingdon, Katherine Merrill for 'Edda and the Oak' by Elia Peattie, Fanny E. Cory for 'Jackieboy in Rainbowland' by William M. Hill, and Ruth Hallock for 'Other Rhymes for Little Readers' by Wilhelmina Seegmilla. No copies in Worldcat. Octavo, bound in printed paper wrappers, 85 pages [+3], 7 full page colour plates, numerous black and white photographic illustrations and line drawings throughout, a couple of minor closed tears at fore-edges, mild bumping to corners, with original promotional slip laid in, a very good copy indeed.
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Playboy

Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds

by Hugh M. Hefner ;Dave Hickey

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  • very good
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Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
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Salina, Kansas
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Chronicle Books 2007. Very good condition. Nice Dust jacket. No tears or marks. Does not come in the briefcase. The complete centerfolds up to December 2007.
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$270.00
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