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    Playboy #1-12 Bound Volume (HMH Publishing, 1953-54). Playboy's first year, the first 12 issues professionally bound into an attractive volume for display and safekeeping. Judging by the page quality of the issues, they were bound shortly after the most recent issue (November, 1954) was printed. The famed first issue, now realizing record prices at auction, with its historic full-page Marilyn Monroe nude photo, is the highlight. There is some tape at the bottom of the spine, but otherwise it appears to have been about a Fine copy at the time it was bound. Other issues appear even nicer, averaging Fine to Very Fine prior to binding, with off-white to white pages, except for issue #9 (August, 1954), which has moisture staining throughout, which has caused wrinkling of the pages, although all remain perfectly legible. Besides the Playmates, highlights include works by Ray Bradbury, Milton Caniff, Erskine Caldwell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, W. Somerset Maugham, and Virgil ("VIP") Partch.

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