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    Cornell Woolrich. The Bride Wore Black. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940. First edition, inscribed by the author to literature professor Donald Yates on the front free endpaper: "To Don Yates / from Con Woolrich." Octavo (8 x 5 inches; 202 x 126 mm.). viii, 312 pages. Publisher's blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, Inner Sanctum device stamped in gilt on the front board; top edge stained dark blue, others trimmed; in the original dust jacket (unpriced, apparently as issued). Backstrip with a few pale blemishes, spine ends softly pushed; board edges just barely rubbed; bottom corner of the front board only slightly canted. Fore-edge of the text block with trace amounts of speckled staining; faint discoloration to the endpapers from the binder's glue. Dust jacket very slightly misfolded; edges and folds with routine light wear; a couple tiny nicks to the upper edges of the panel folds and one to the lower edge of the front flap fold; very shallow marginal crimping to the rear panel; series of small ink smudges on the front flap. A beautiful, near fine copy; house in a custom clamshell case by the Dragonfly Bindery. An Inner Sanctum Mystery, series survey card laid in. Woolrich's first suspense novel after a series of society dramas and the first of his series of "Black Novels," six books with "Black" in the title, published between 1940 and 1948. Basis for the 1968 François Truffaut film starring Jeanne Moreau. Donald A. Yates was a Michigan State professor who published translations of Jorge-Luis Borges and other Latin American authors. He developed a friendship with Woolrich, who was a notorious recluse and seldom signed books. Heritage Auctions previously sold the Yates copy of Woolrich's The Black Curtain in 2017. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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    March, 2019
    6th Wednesday
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