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The History of the Vintage Sleaze PB Paperback

The items for sale are vintage sleaze paperback books. Vintage sleaze paperbacks are fun and campy cultural artifacts of a by-gone era of publishing … typified by lurid, over-the-top illustration art, titles, and cover blurbs.

Please see my eBay store category “Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks” for more titles. I was an editor of “Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Paperbacks of the Sixties” (Feral House), which chronicles the history of these books. A large majority of the books featured in “Sin-A-Rama” are from my collection and some of them are listed for sale here. I’m passionate about vintage sleaze and will answer any questions about this listing. My ex is selling some of the collection on his eBay account as well.
I do combine shipping for multiple books purchased but the cost will depend on your location and how many items you purchase.
Sample titles:

Vintage Sleaze PB Paperback – Passion Priestess – 1964 Evening Reader Book Pulp
Author: William Kane
Publisher/Number: Evening Reader 738
Date: 1964
Condition: about NF (please see my high quality scans)

Vintage Sleaze PB Paperback – Lust Seeker – Valentine Book – Pulp GGA 1964

Author: Rick Conte
Publisher/Number: Valentine Book 101
Date: 1964Condition: VG+ or better (please see my high quality scans)


“Vintage sleaze paperbacks,” were produced in the 1960’s and do NOT include graphic or explicit depictions of sexuality or explicit language. They are considered “pulp fiction” and collectible for their illustration art, typography, cover blurbs, and titles. While taboo in their day, they are NOT by today’s standards. They are considered an important part of American publishing history and widely collected for a variety of reasons.

Vintage paperbacks from the 1950’s and 1960’s are known for their collectible pulp covers with iconic illustrations from the Golden Era of American Illustration. These covers known as GGA, or Good Girl Art, and are collectible both for their art and for their sassy and sometimes amusing titles that conveyed just enough tease to titillate a prospective buyer. Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry has said about early paperbacks, “Paperback covers, many very sexy, were the advance guard of the rapid breakdown of sexual restraint among the middle classes almost everywhere.”