[Circa early 1960s].
Unbound. A collection of original artwork for several adult-oriented paperback pulp novels from the early 1960s, including six small color mockups, measuring 4” x 7”, and four large preliminary pencil sketches, measuring 20”x 26”. The sketches have an applied paper boarder secured with masking tape and are somewhat chipped along the edges, near fine, while the mockups have only the slightest touch of wear to a couple of corners, else fine. The art appears to be all from the same unknown artist with the preliminary sketches representing more detailed renditions of all but two of the color mock ups. The text on the mockups is not readable except for the titles and a few scattered words, likely as intended. Our research was not able to determine definitively whether these covers were ever published or if these are spec illustrations done by an artist to secure work. *The Exotic* by Carter Brown was published several times, the earliest being a 1961 Signet paperback, but neither it nor any of the other printings we examined matched the artwork found here. This is also the case for *The Night It Happened*, *Demon Lovers*, and *Big Blondes*. The remaining two titles illustrated here, *Wild Heat* and *Adorable Creatures*, could not be located at all. Likewise we were unable to identify with any publisher the crossed key logo found on all but one of the covers. Two of the titles, *Demon Lovers* and *Adorable Creatures*, are particularly notable for their obvious lesbian themes. An interesting group of titillating artwork from the golden age of the pulp paperback.