Group of Five Film Noir Source Books. [Various: 1939-1953]. First editions.

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    Tiffany Thayer. One Woman. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1933. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 435, [5, blank] pages. Publiser's purplish gray cloth, spine lettered and ruled in dark purple, front board lettered in dark purple and ruled in blind; top edge stained black, fore edge rough-trimmed; in original dust jacket. Light wear to the bottom edge and top of the joints; corners softly bumped. Front hinge cracked but holding; light discoloration to endpapers from binding glue. Dust jacket edges lightly worn with a few minor chips; short closed tear with some minor creasing to the upper edge of the front panel; rear panel lightly soiled. Very good. An attractive copy. Source for the 1949 Lewis Allen film, Chicago Deadline, starring Alan Ladd. The Dark Page 240.

    [Together with:] Graham Greene. A Gun for Sale. London: William Heinmann, [1936]. First edition. Octavo. [2, blank], [vii], 261, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's smooth red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, publisher's imprint stamped in blind on the rear board. Gentle spine lean; backstrip faintly dulled; light soiling to boards; touch of wear to extremities. Page edges very lightly foxed; previous owner signature erased from preliminary blank. Very good. Source the key film noir title This Gun for Hire, directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. The Dark Page 116.

    [And:] [Cornell Woolrich]. George Hopley (pseudonym). Night Has a Thousand Eyes. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, [1945]. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 301, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's light blue cloth, spine lettered in silver; top edge stained gray; in original dust jacket. Backstraip faintly dulled; crown and board edges faintly discolored; boards lightly soiled; touch of wear to board edges. Top stain faded. Dust jacket spine panel faintly faded; edges lightly worn; rear panel soiled. Very good. Source for the 1948 John Farrow film starring Edward G. Robinson and Gail Russell. The Dark Page 304.

    [And:] W. R. Burnett. The Asphalt Jungle. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. Octavo. [2, blank], [x], 271, [1, blank], [1, note on the type], [3, blank] pages. Publisher's patterned paper-covered board; top edge stained gray; in original dust jacket. Backstrip faintly browned; bottom edge lightly worn. Top stain faded. Dust jacket lightly rubbed; crown and fold edges lightly chipped; faint discoloration to spine panel. Very good. Source for the 1950 John Huston film starring Sterling Hayden.

    [And:] Ira Levin. A Kiss Before Dying. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953. First edition. An Inner Sanctum Mystery. Octavo. [vi], 244, [2, blank]  pages. Publisher's light bluish green paper-covered boards, spine and front board ruled in black, spine lettered in black, publisher's Inner Sanctum device stamped in black and star outline stamped in gray on the front board, in original dust jacket. Boards lightly soiled; spine ends and corners lightly worn.  No free endpapers, but they do not appear to be lacking. Hinges starting (front hinge possibly repaired); short tear to the bottom edge of the front pastedown at hinge; text-block toned. Dust jacket edges worn with a few minor chips; a couple small blemishes to the front panel; rear panel lightly foxed and soiled; crudely price-clipped. Very good. Winner of the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and source for the 1956 Gerd Oswald film. From the KoKo Collection.

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