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    Dashiell Hammett. The Maltese Falcon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First edition. Octavo (7.375 x 5.125 inches; 189 x 130 mm.). [4, blank], [2, half-title ("By Dashiell Hammett" on verso)], [2, title (copyright on verso)], [2, dedication (verso blank)], [2, contents], 267, [1, blurb and colophon], [4, blank] pages. Original light gray smooth V cloth. Front cover stamped with dark grayish blue falcon within a black single-rule border; rear cover stamped with black rectangular Borzoi Books device in lower right corner; spine with five blue and black decorated panels, the author's name and title in gray against a black panel and the publisher's name and place in blue against light gray panel. Top edge of the text block stained blue, bottom edge rough-trimmed, fore-edge untrimmed; plain endpapers. In the original first state of the dust jacket with requisite $2.00 pricing for the two previously published Hammett novels (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse) on the rear panel. Jacket price-clipped (as usual). Just a hint of darkening along the joints; spine ends very softly crimped, mostly at the ends of the joints; the bottom corner of the front board very softly tapped; small area of faint whitish discoloration between the rule and the board edge. Top stain still vivid, though with a couple thin surface scuffs toward the bound edge; two tiny fox marks to the bottom of the text block; fore-edge of the front free endpaper with a couple of shallow ripples; very slightly over-opened between the front free endpaper and first preliminary blank; previous owner's presentation note ("Happy Birthday, from Marion") and year of publication, in a different hand, written in ink on the second preliminary blank; a bright, clean text with only marginal thumb- or spot-soiling noticed on a couple of leaves. Dust jacket very lightly soiled, mostly visible at the folds and rear panel; light wear to both flap folds and the rear panel folds; some very light edgewear, with a few short closed tears, two at the upper edge of both the front and rear panels (the longest being about three-eighths of one inch), lateral crease between the two on the rear panel, a few other nicks, largely relegated to the fold edges and base of the spine; very thin surface scuff on the rear panel, mostly just visible on the verso; two small characters, "7" and "5," written in the margins of the front flap in pencil, since erased but with the indentation remaining; verso of the spine panel faintly tanned, leaving the recto just barely dulled. A remarkable copy, nearly fine in a near fine jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell case by Dragonfly Bindery. Perhaps the highspot of the hard-boiled canon. The first book to feature Sam Spade. Adapted for the screen four times, the third and best-known version, filmed in 1941, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, and directed by John Huston from his own screenplay. Layman A3.1.a. The Dark Page 132. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.



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