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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.

You Only Live Twice by Fleming, Ian

If you are collector of PAN X James Bond First Edition paperbacks your collection is not complete without this extremely rare variant of Ian Flemings You Only Live Twice. The first edition PAN X434 was published in the UK in 1965 with a cover by Raymond H…

From Lavercombes Bookstore


American Pulp Fiction - A Collection of Vintage Detective Magazines

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 Detect…

From Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB


Junkie / Narcotic Agent by Lee, William (William S, Burroughs) / Hellbrandt, Maurice

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…



Sex Gang: Violent Stories of Naked Passions by Merchant, Paul ( Pseudonym for Harlan Ellison ) (sometimes Thought to be Paul Marchant )

USA: USA: Nightstand Book # NB 1503 R, 1959, 1st Edition, 2nd Printing, 1959. -----------paperback, a solid Very Good copy with very light rubbing to the colours, book is completely square, quite bright colours, a bit of age toning to paper, super cover …

From Leonard Shoup


Carnival Sin; Playpet; Strange Sin; Motel Girl ( Lili St. Cyr Cover on one book) by Hitt, Orrie, Hitt, Orrie; Craig, D. W.; Oliver, A. E., Illustrated by Photo Covers

USA: USA: Vest Pocket # V-101, V-102, V-103, V-104, 1962, 1st Edition for All, First Printing for All , 1962. -----------4 volumes (ONE SHIPPING CHARGE), small paperbacks, all Very Good+ copies in Very Good+ slipcases, some light rubbing and faint stres…

From Leonard Shoup


The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With Twenty Illustrations by Dickens, Charles; Illustrated by A. Billinghame

Boston: G. W. Simmons & Co.,, 1887. The RARE G. W. Simmons & Co.'s New Five-Cent Library Edition; OCLC locates 6 copies, all in US libraries. 208 pages : 20 illustrations and numerous illustrated advertisements. Very Good Plus, small chip top corner fron…

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


Love Song by Farmer, Philip José

Brandon House, 9BH-6134 [$1.95], 1970. First edition, first printing. Mass market paperback. modest paper a little tanned as usual and covers a little rubbed [also as usual] else a very good copy [NB: rear cover has two cracks]. …

From stephensbookstore


The Bitch of Buchenwald: The Sex Life of Ilse Koch -by Joseph Como ( Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS ) by Como, Joseph ( Pseudonym for Joseph Commings ) / Ophelia Press

New York, NY: N.Y. / New York: Ophelia Press / Olympia Press, 1971, 1st edition, First Printing, 1971. -----------paperback, a bright clean square Very Good+ example, likely unread, faint ink number on front panel, a wee bit of light rubbing to covers, s…

From Leonard Shoup


The Juvies by Ellison, Harlan

Ace D-513 (35¢), 1961. First. Softbound. A fine bright copy. a paperback original. …

From stephensbookstore


The Red Car by Stanford, Don

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. Tex…

From Village Lights Bookstore, ABAA/ILAB


A Mad Look at Old Movies by DeBartolo, Dick

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 o…

From BookRanger


Five Sinister Characters by Chandler, Raymond

New York: Avon Book Company. What is offered here are both of the first edition paperback editions published by Avon Book Company. The first was published in 1945 as part of the Murder Mystery Monthly series, size: 7.5" x 5.25". The second was p…

From Weysprings Books, IOBA, PBFA



NY: Red Star News Co., 1928. VERY GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol XXX No. 3, Feb 4, 1928. Nicks, tears to edges. Small open tear upper corner of cover. Small chips at spine head and foot. Pages browning, slight chipping. 478pp. …



PRIVATE DETECTIVE Stories by Various

NY: Trojan Publishing, 1941. VERY GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol 8 No. 5, April 1941. Some nicks, tears and chipping to edges. Pages browning. Fragile. Stored in Mylite sleeve with acid-free board. Cover Painting --Feisty Susan H…



BLACK MASK by Various

NY: Fictioneers, Popular Publications, 1949. GOOD condition in illustrated wraps. MAGAZINE, Vol XXXII No. 3, Jan 1949. Front cover, piece torn out bottom left. Nicks, tears, chipping to edges. Spine worn and faded, water marks. Back cover has some wa…



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