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    Esquire #1 Group (Esquire Publishing Co., 1933) Condition: VG. Before there was Playboy, another magazine had established the basic format that Hugh Hefner would incorporate into his upstart publication in 1953. That forerunner and groundbreaking magazine in its own right was Esquire. The first issue came out more than 20 years before the first Playboy issue, so copies are scarce to come by. It made an auspicious debut, oversized (10" x 14") and a generous 117 pages -- more than twice the number as the first Playboy. Billed initially as "The Quarterly For Men" its cover boasted "36 Features in Full Color" and listed notable contributors such as Erskine Caldwell, Dashiell Hammett, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. with fiction; Ernest Hemingway and Ring Lardner with articles; George Petty (famous for the "Petty Girl") with cartoons; features on sports figures of the day Bobby Jones and Gene Tunney; and much, much more.

    Our offering is a moderately worn copy with wear along the cover edges, a 2" spine split, and some minor moisture damage along the bottom of the covers and interior pages which has caused some wrinkling. Otherwise, the interior pages are in nice condition and are predominantly white.

    Also included with our Esquire #1 are copies of the 25th Silver Anniversary issue from 1958, including the special silver cardboard mailer it originally came in, and a copy of the Golden 50th Anniversary issue from 1983. Both magazine copies are in Fine condition, and the silver mailer for the 1958 issue is about Very Good, with wear and some tears along the top and bottom edges. Finding the mailer in any condition is quite a coup! Go to our website for closeup photos of all!

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