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    Dashiell Hammett. Red Harvest. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First edition. Octavo (7.5 x 5.125 inches; 191 x 129 mm.). [4, blank], [2, half-title ("Some Mystery Stories on the Borzoi List" on verso)], [2, title (copyright on verso)], [2, dedication (verso blank)], [2, contents], [1, fly-title (verso blank)], 3-270, [1, colophon], [5, blank] pages. Title-page printed in orange and black with a skull and crossbones vignette in orange (the orange offset onto preceding page). Publisher's deep red V cloth (smooth). Front cover stamped in yellow with skull and crossbones within a black single-rule border, spine stamped in five panels with decorations in yellow and black against a red background, with the author and title in red against a black panel and the publisher's name at foot in yellow against a red panel, back cover stamped with black rectangular Borzoi Books device in lower right corner; top edge of the text block stained green, other edges rough-trimmed; plain endpapers. In the original first-printing dust jacket, with a plot summary on the rear panel, not review blurbs from The Bookman, The Outlook and The Chicago Post (as described in Layman, who did not see a copy of the first printing). Backstrip just barely dulled, mostly visible along the joints; a few very faint spot-soil blemishes to the rear board; top corner of the rear board gently bumped; a hint of rubbing to the bottom of the boards. Top stain bright, with only a couple of short stretches of narrow chafing; faint spot of discoloration to the bottom of the text block. Dust jacket edges very lightly worn, with a few very short closed tears, none longer than one-quarter inch, along the top edge (three of them in the crown), and a handful of tiny nicks, some associated short diagonal creasing on the top of the front panel and rear flap fold; miniscule notches to the fold edges; edges of the flaps very faintly tanned with a single crimp to top of the front flap; short scratch, about an inch long, to the margin of the rear panel, near the panel fold; verso very lightly tanned, with some faint offsetting from the skull and crossbones ornament. A superlative copy with only trivial flaws, square with a bright, fresh text and a remarkable, completely unrestored, dust jacket; very nearly fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case by the Dragonfly Bindery. The author's first book, originally published in four issues of Black Mask from November 1927 to February 1928. Layman A1.1.a. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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