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    Playboy Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1. Founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953, "Playboy" quickly became known for its photos of beautiful women. Sales skyrocketed, Playboy Enterprises took off, and a slew of imitators followed. The company has since developed into a multi-faceted operation that handles publishing, entertaining, licensing, and online features, and a multi-million dollar philanthropic foundation; and it remains the leading men's magazine today. Featured is a rare copy of the first issue of the magazine, boasting a classic Marilyn Monroe cover and full-color nude portrait. It set the basic format that the magazine still follows today, with contents that include articles on sports, food, and music, fiction (in this case excerpts from Boccaccio's "Decameron" and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Sign of Four"), "Playboy's" trademark brand of humor, and -- of course -- photo spreads of beautiful women in the altogether. The magazine is in great condition with moderate wear to the cover and some rust on the staples.

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