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    Dashiell Hammett with Alex Raymond (illustrator). Secret Agent X-9. Book One[-Two]. Philadelphia: David McKay, [1934]. First editions. Two volumes; square octavos (7.4375 x 7.875 inches; 189 x 200 mm.). 80; 120 pages. Publisher's side-stapled binding with the original thin, printed paper-covered boards (same illustration on front and back), spines covered in unprinted binding tape (red on Book One, blue on Book Two); all edges of the text block trimmed. Spines very gently leaning; board edges very lightly worn; light creasing near the joints (as expected); light rubbing or offsetting the inner boards. Book One corners of the front board softly creased; page edges very lightly foxed with a touch of soiling, some sporadic marginal spot-soiling (including a larger area around the bottom corner on pages 45-47), previous owner signature on the title-page. Book Two upper corner bumped with two shallow ripples through the text block. Near fine overall; nice copies of a fragile publication. Originally published from January 29 to September 12, 1934, in syndicated newspaper comic strips. Layman A7.1-A8.1 (also D15-D211, original strips). From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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