First Airmont Books edition, first issue of this popular romance novel, published as part of their fascinating "Career Romance" series featuring heroines in a startling array of careers.
In this early US category romance line, the heroines work at an unusual breadth of careers for the postwar period -- a notable departure from the traditionally approved professions for women in medicine, education, and secretarial work. Career romances of this era typically focused on "practical" jobs for women, and many in fact were meant to introduce women readers to those professions. But this line focused on the adventurous and the glamorous. This progressive approach to careers does not appear in such a concentration in American romance publishing again until the 1980s, influenced by second-wave feminism. The first issues of the Airmont Career romances are distinguishable by the 35c (and 40c, for later titles) cover price, increased upon re-issue. This is an exceptionally nice copy.
Read more: Romney, The Romance Novel in English: A Survey in Rare Books, 1769-1999, 24; Kenneth R. Johnson (with the assistance of Jerry Boyajian), "Airmont Books," available on Bookscans.
New York: Airmont Books, 1962. 6.75'' x 4''. Original glossy color pictorial wrappers, C4, priced at 35c. All edges stained yellow. 128 pages. Tiny crease from production error to front wrapper and typical toning to leaves, else a beautiful copy.
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