This painting was first published as half of the cover for Mademoiselle De Maupin by Theophile Gautier (1953)
A Rake’s Search for a Perfect Bed-Mate!
Its second publication, in its present state after minor alterations (the man coming from behind the curtain is gone), was for the novel, Adam and Two Eves by Anonymous (1956)
Unnatural Affection — Or Perverted Hate? The Young Widow Had to Choose Between Them…
A Novel That Speaks Out Boldly On A Taboo Subject
From the back:
In The Grip Of Perversity
Often whispered about—but rarely spoken of aloud—the startling theme of this story concerns Carroll, a pretty young widow. She is taken into the household of a friendly couple, only to find that her caresses are sought not only by the husband—but by his wife … Should warm, lovely Carroll be condemned for yielding both to the love of a married man, and the equally ardent embraces of a voluptuous though twisted woman? The answer is not simple. True, Carroll responds to their needs, yet it is a haunted, tortured experience . . . despite its warped delights, its moments of almost unearthly bliss. Perhaps she is more to be pitied than condemned. For the whole point of this bitterly true novel is that pretty Carroll is the seduced rather than the seducer—the sinned against, rather than the sinner … entirely too attractive for her own good.
Out of her own experience, the anonymous author tears the curtain from one of the gravest threats to modern social morality—the strange love practices trapping unwary girls today, particularly in our larger cities!
This was her burning compulsion — to bestow rapture, and then pain!
She Gave Herself, But Not Her Soul!
There was nothing she wouldn’t do to sell — and nothing she wouldn’t sell!
A daring expose of how a girl can buy a career — and sell her soul!
Revenge Was His Passion — Girls His Prey
The Book That Dares To Tell The Truth About Sin For Sale!
This popular illustration was used on the cover of three different publications: Lust for Love (Intimate #16, 1952); then, altered to its present state, as Pound of Flesh (Intimate #45, 1952); and lastly, as Love Peddler (Beacon Books, #BB141, 1957).
It is amazing how much this painting was altered. In an age before Photoshop, that meant actually painting over it. Even the glass she is holding changes!
Throughout the 50’s Galaxy Science Fiction printed Christmas covers with a four-armed Santa, done by Ed “Emsh” Emshwiller
She ruled a wild empire — and a savage lust ruled her!
This illustration appeared on the cover of King of the Khyber Rifles in 1954, and a slightly altered version of the same scene was used for Sinful Virgin in 1961
Young — Fair — And Ripe For Anything!
The Daring Novel Of A Girl Too Seductive To Be Safe, Even From Her Own Flesh And Blood!