Scouts in Bondage: And Other Violations of Literary Propriety

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The flap jacket of this comical little book calls it a “a library of laughs” and I have to agree. At the very least it is a collection of chuckles. Flipping through this collection of book covers is sure to leave you with a wry smile and a sense of bemusement at how these odd book covers turn into double entendres and often ribald jokes. What an odd place the past can be for those of us disconnected from it.

Is it immature to laugh at such titles as Scientific Amusements by Tom Tit; Leathers in Mozambique by Edward M. Chrystie; Invisible Dick by Frank Topham; Muffs and Morals by Pearl Binder; or the seemingly endless parade of weird titles and book covers Michael Bell has brought together? Probably, but it is fun nonetheless.

So if you are a book cover aficionado, if you like the oddball quality of the book covers of the past, or if you just enjoy need a laugh be sure to check out this entertaining little collection.

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Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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