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    Carroll John Daly. The Snarl of the Beast. New York: Edward J. Clode, 1927. First edition. Octavo (7.25 x 5 inches; 185 x 125 mm.). 318 pages. Publisher's green cloth, front and spine stamped in red and black; top edge of the text block stained red, others trimmed; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.00, first-state with promotional copy for this title on the front flap and an ad for Richard H. Watkin's Half a Clue on the rear flap. Barely perceptible shelf wear at extremities of binding; spine ends slightly pushed. A bit of dust-soiling at top edge of text block; normal age toning to edges and interior of text block; faint, scattered foxing to endpapers; R. H. Macy & Co. Inc. stamped in blind at head of title. Dust jacket lightly rubbed with a few small, soft creases toward edges and a touch of wear to the crown. A beautiful, nearly fine copy. The first book to feature Daly's hard-boiled private detective Race Williams. Rare in the first-state jacket, with a single auction record listed in Rare Book Hub (Swann, 2011), described at the time as the only known copy. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

    "It has been claimed by William L. DeAndrea in Encyclopedia Mysteriosa and by other critics that Daly's name on a magazine cover could increase sales by up to 15 per cent. In a Black Mask readers' poll, Daly was named the fans [sic] favourite author, beating Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett into second and third place" (Steven Powell, editor, 100 American Crime Writers, Houndmills: 2012, p. 98).

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