Escort – City Magazines 1958 – 1971

Escort magazine during the 1960s showcased British pin-up and glamour at its best, published as a full-size magazine rather than the familiar digest size that was popular throughout the UK in the 1960s. The content could not have been better, featuring full-page colour and black-and-white pictures mixed in with a bit of fiction and a few articles. What’s so nice about it and what personally draws me to it is that there is great model information, with nearly all models being named and basic facts provided, making it all the more interesting to collectors 60 years down the road.

What I have always found interesting is that Escort was found in newsagents at the same time as the ever-popular Spick, Span, and Beautiful Britons books, which couldn’t have been more different. Did the same customers buy both titles, and if they were Spick and Span fans, they might have been surprised to see some very familiar names in slightly racier pictures and poses. I suppose that those models who saw modelling as more of a profession than a few quid on the side were easily persuaded to show a little more.

A downside, however, is that the magazines weren’t numbered or clearly dated, other than having a month on the cover. All the late 1960s copies I have are priced at Five Shillings, so I won’t attempt to put them in any order when listing them. Simply enjoy them as excellent pieces of history when glamour and pin-up were at their absolute best, providing just the right amount of tease and excitement to keep you going throughout the day.

Fiona Cooper – Catalogues or Magazines

Fiona Cooper sold picture-sets and videos from 1978 until 2017. They produced catalogues throughout this period. These were more than mere lists of films for sale; they contained quality full-page pictures and information about the models, aiming to entice you to purchase the videos and DVDs.

In reality, they were full-blown glamour magazines in their own right. However, with the internet gaining momentum, it became inevitable that the days were numbered for mail-order film sellers. Nowadays, we have highly popular websites that offer the same content but deliver pictures and videos digitally, instantly.

Fiona Cooper catalogues from that era are now considered vintage glamour magazines and have become highly collectible. If you collect these films, which are becoming increasingly rare, the catalogues are an invaluable sources of information.

Below is some text taken from the back of a VHS video that, at the time, you could hire from your local rental shop (remember those). It gives you an idea of how Fiona Cooper perceived themselves in the marketplace during that period. I have hundred plus Fiona Cooper catalogues that I will be listing here in the coming weeks. If this interests you, please check them out here.

VHS Tape Back Cover

FIONA COOPER videos have been at the forefront of adult glamour for some years now. Videos that can always be described as SEXY videos…but never as SEX videos. With their own easily recognisable style and format Fiona Cooper videos have amassed a considerable following amongst those who prefer a softer, sexier approach to nakedness rather than a hard, cold abrasiveness. Attractive girls who could grace any centrefold appear alongside “the girl from next door” in a pastiche of sensuality, sexiness, coyness and naturalness all bound together with an extensive wardrobe of sexy undies, uniforms, basques, etc that would do any lingerie shop justice! 

Fiona Cooper Reviews

 “The Fiona Cooper collection are a must for those of you with an eye for glitz underwear…Fiona’s got quite a treat in store…slick stripping and half decent soundtracks give the Fiona Cooper tapes an edge over many of the adult tapes” — Video World

 “If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a fly on the wall of a Dorothy Perkins changing room then you’re in for a treat here”… “Fiona’s fillies are not so coy” — Men Only

Secondhand Books and New Stock

New stock is now being added most days. Lots of new books have been added recently to the UK Vintage Top Shelf and Hardcore categories.

I have started listing again on eBay lots of small-format 50s Pin-Up titles and Playboys, so have a look if that interests you (until they get taken down).

I have recently sorted what stock I have in my store, with just over 5,000 books in reserve that I think are worthy of placing up for sale here going into the future.

If you are a collector of titles from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s from all genres, then please keep checking back and use the search function to locate what you might be after, as the New In page only shows the most newly listed items, so it is quite easy to miss books if you only check in occasionally. 

Public Auction – For books over and above the initial 5,000, (there are a lot more, with approximately another 7000 in deep storage arriving in the next few months), I will be utilising an auction house, Beeston Auctions, who run specialist Adult Magazine Sales on a 2-monthly basis.

The next auction is the 12th June, and the sale catalogue is released about five days before this date, so put a mark in your diaries.

I will be using Beeston Auctions for books that I just don’t like, have too many of, or just don’t want to sell here. So it’s worth a visit if you are an avid collector; you never know what you might see, which is, of course, my problem.

Lots of great stuff to come both here and over at Vintage Fetish.

Readers Wives

I have a considerable amount of “Readers’ Wives” titles from the late 1980s and early 1990s, which I am going to start to list. “Readers’ Wives” from the 80s and 90s, in my opinion, are just so much better than nowadays, where everything is more polished and produced. I certainly prefer the more amateur feel that these magazines have. It is worth considering that if your wife or girlfriend wanted to show off all of her hidden treasures, then the “Readers’ Wives” sections or complete magazines devoted to just that were one way of showcasing yourself. We have to remember that internet access at home was not generally available until later in the 1990s, and even then, it was pretty limited. Nowadays, it is all too easy to set up an OnlyFans, Facebook, or Tumblr account and away you go. I have lots to choose from, and I am not going to list them all at once; it’s going to take me months. If you like “Readers’ Wives” magazines, be sure to keep checking back for newly added stock. Most of the stock I have is ex-retail and never been owned, with me having, in some instances, multiple copies of each title and number.

Janus – The Longest Running Spanking Magazine In The World

Janus (1971-2003) initially started as Mentor, but after only four issues, the name was changed to Janus, which is now synonymous with all things spanking and corporal punishment. The first couple of years of publication were not particularly oriented towards spanking, with the content covering general fetish topics. It was not until 1973, with the publication of some specials, that its focus shifted solely towards all things spanking. If you are reading this, you may already have considerable knowledge about the history of Janus and its associated titles such as Derriere, Kane, Roue, Blushes, and Februs. 

BrazenBooks strives to source and maintain a reasonable amount of stock of magazines for collectors and those interested in spanking and corporal punishment.

Girls Of The World – 1970s Top Shelf Magazines

“Girls Of The World” – I don’t know much about these magazines and books beyond the occasional date present, but from browsing through them, they seem to be from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Overall, they are quite appealing. They feature a mix of colour and black-and-white pictures, with most being full-page images, while the text focuses on information about the models and is not overpowering. The printing quality and paper are both very good. From what I have, I’ve noticed two publishers, with the main one being Top Sellers Ltd in London. Additionally, there are some from Export Publications USA that bear a striking resemblance in style and content.

I have six original magazines and five special thick books that seem to be compilations of the original magazines. Treat yourself – You won’t be disappointed.

Fiesta 1970s – Russell Gay and Galaxy Publications

On sale are a few copies of Fiesta from the very early 1970s. I certainly a fan of these large format copies from the 1970s. I can’t work out if that’s because they are just so familiar, and you can remember them from the heady days of your youth. They are just so much more interesting than a lot of the books that are around nowadays. They were less in your face and more about the tease and what might be. Each to their own. Loads more books from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s to come.

Rogue 1960s – Top Shelf Playboy Rival

Rogue (Greenleaf Publishing USA) stood as a direct rival to Playboy, the groundbreaking 1960s American publication known for its tasteful presentation of female nudity and sexually themed content. It catered to a male readership with its mix of nude and partially clothed images. 

I have added small selection of Rogue magazines. The majority are in good condition and are priced to sell. Feel free to compare prices on eBay to see the value they can fetch.

Site News

BrazenBooks - Fetish For The Collector Not Your Ordinary Bookstore

BrazenBooks is now 15 months old. After the initial burst of activity to launch and establish the site, the pace has been somewhat slow at times. Finding time to list books has been difficult, with infrequent blog updates. As other projects approach completion, I anticipate devoting more time to this website. With thousands of magazines to list, from the weird and wonderful to the more conventional, all vintage and increasingly rare to find, the site’s inventory will continue to expand.

As developments unfold, I will make gradual enhancements to improve the browsing experience. Featured items will be spotlighted via the blog, ensuring that even occasional visitors will find something new and interesting. While the “New In” page highlights recent additions, utilising the efficient search function can further help in discovering specific titles. Tagging, titling, and categorising items aim to facilitate ease of navigation.

Vintage Fetish, the sister site to BrazenBooks, has been going for 16 years. Enthusiasts of glamour and Pin-Up magazines will find a wealth of content on the blog, including thousands of archive posts, digital copies for download, and books for sale. I am currently in the process of slowly digitising rare titles for BrazenBooks, with the aim of offering them later this year.

The future appears bright, and I extend my gratitude to those who have supported the site so far.

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Great Selection of Books From Irving Klaw and Ed Mishkin Just Added

Discover a curated selection of unique and rare books from the Nutrix and Mutrix range, many in excellent to good condition. These books have been carefully sourced from a single collection, showing signs of care and proper storage. For more details on any specific title, feel free to contact me.