Friday, August 24, 2018

Paperback 1034: The Professor and the Co-Ed / Babette Hall (Belmont B50-786)

Paperback 1034: Belmont B50-786 (unknown ptg, 1967)

Title: The Profesor and the Co-Ed
Author: Babette Hall
Cover artist: Uncredited

Condition: 7/10
Estimated value: $10

Best things about this cover:

  • The Advanced Hugging seminar was beginning to take its toll on Steve's knees...
  • "Oh Steve, I want ... I want ... something for these bare walls. A kitten poster, maybe? Oh, I wish I lived in a different dorm. Babette Hall is so drab!"
  • I like how this cover subverts expectations by placing a generic dude's back where the Great Girl Art should be.
  • I apparently own multiple editions of this book.

Best things about this back cover:

  • "Don't look so frightened!" he shouted, terrifyingly
  • "A child of sixteen?" I did not know they made "Co-Eds" that young.
  • "The teacher in me" 1000x LOL that's what she said
  • What is "the world's oldest predicament"? Prostitution? Pregnancy? Gym class?
  • Ladies Home Journal with the fake blurb! "Could you give us a blurb?" "Uh ... would you accept an aphorism?"

Page 123~
At seventeen sixteen was a million miles away. Why, I could hardly remember it, principally because I didn't especially want to.
I gotta borrow this one. "You ate the last donut." "Did I? ... I don't remember?" "It was 10 minutes ago." "10 minutes ... it's like a million miles." "There's still powder on your face. And on your hands. Look at your hands." "I don't especially want to."


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Jean said...

My favorite part is the original title. For the paperback, they just got right to the point. This is going to be a smutty book -- or at least you, the buyer, hope so -- and so we won't tiptoe around with euphemistic titles!

Since when do co-eds come in "age sixteen" flavor? Maybe this should be titled "The creepy high-school teacher and the girl prepping for her SATs."

Anders E said...

"No one had ever shouted at me before"?

DemetriosX said...

I'm having trouble parsing "young enough to worry that she didn't own a nightgown". Why not? My daughters all had nightgowns when they were younger than that. And why is it a problem? The cover copy is certainly implying she isn't going to need one.

Larry said...

Ya gotta admit that the cover illustration has made the 16 year old girl more appealing than her earlier pointy breasted version.

The reprint had to have renumbered the pages, because Rex had different excerpts from Page 123. The newer version sentence is classic.

Rex Parker said...

Sorry I neglected these comments. Thanks for reading. The nightgown comment is indeed bizarre. Like ... nightgowns = sex? Or nightgowns = young girl's idea about that a Proper Grown Woman would have one? Maybe she's just anxious about how young she is. But, yeah, little girls have nightgowns, so wtf? I have no idea if pagination is different on two editions I own. I could've just chosen a different quotation. Pages have lots of words on them :)