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    Cornell Woolrich. Black Alibi. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1942. First edition. Octavo (8 x 5 inches; 202 x 127 mm.). [vi], 377, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt; top edge of the text block stained dark red, others trimmed; in the original dust jacket. Rear board very slightly splayed; crown very lightly crimped; some hardly noticeable blemishes near the bottom corner of the rear board; corners just barely bent. A hint of discoloration from binder's blue in the front hinge; very shallow tidemark on the bottom edge of the front free endpaper. Dust jacket with a faint dampstain across the bottom margin of the rear panel, just barely affecting the text of the review blurbs for The Black Curtain; three short closed tears, one at the bottom edge of the rear flap fold (about one inch), the others at the both ends of the rear panel fold (about three-quarters of one inch each), some mild creasing between the lower tears, across the rear panel; price-clipped. Very discreet color correction to the spine ends, visible on the verso in some of the closed tears. Still, a near fine copy, with none of the usual fading of the red of the spine panel or top stain. Basis for the 1943 Val Lewton production, The Leopard Man, directed by Jacques Tourneur. The Dark Page 288. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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