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    Cornell Woolrich. Cover Charge. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. First edition. Octavo (7.5 x 5.125 inches; 190 x 130 mm.). 286, [2, blank] pages. Publisher's dark green cloth, spine and front board with a panel painted red, outlined in gilt on the front board, and lettered in gilt; publisher's device stamped in blind on the backstrip; top edge of text block trimmed, others untrimmed; plain endpapers; in the original dust jacket, designed by Bobritsky and priced $2.00. Spine just barely leaning; boards very slightly bowed; upper corners gently bumped; one small and two miniscule light blemishes to the rear board; extremities just a trifle rubbed. Top edge of text block lightly dust-soiled with a couple minor bruises. Jacket spine panel just barely tanned with a tiny splash just above the title and a minor nick at the base; rear panel lightly rubbed with some faint discoloration to the upper margin and the hint of a small red blotch behind the text; edges very lightly worn with a couple short tears (the longest, at the upper edge of the rear panel, being just under one half of one inch), slightly heavier at the fold ends and across the upper edge of the front panel; very faint offsetting from the painted panels on the verso. Altogether, a stunning copy with only trivial flaws. Near fine. The author's first book. Uncommon on the market, last sold at auction in jacket, according to Rare Book Hub, as part of the Library of Richard M. Lackritz (Christie's, 2002); we were able to locate another copy listed in a dealer catalog circa-2012. Publisher's tri-fold advertising pamphlet laid in, printed in dark blue on light blue paper, dated Fall 1925. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

    "Leaving Columbia in 1925, Woolrich published his first novel, Cover Charge, in 1926 with Boni and Liveright, the firm that brought out Faulkner's first novel, Soldier's Pay, that same year and Hemingway's first American collection of stories, In Our Time, the year before. Over the next six years, Woolrich published five additional novels, most of them in the same Fitgeraldian [sic], Jazz Age vein." John T. Irwin. Unless the Treat of Death is Behind Them (Baltimore: 2006), p. 128.

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