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    Cornell Woolrich. Group of Three Black Novels. Garden City and New York: [1943-1948]. First editions.

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    Cornell Woolrich. The Black Angel. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company for The Crime Club, 1943. First edition. Octavo (7.75 x 5.5 inches; 198 x 140 mm.). [x], 300, [2, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered and stamped in white, Crime Club banner stamped in white across the front board; top edge of the text block trimmed, others untrimmed; plain endpapers; in original dust jacket, priced $2.00. Spine very gently leaning; board edges, particularly the fore-edge of the front board, a little faded; spine ends and corners lightly rubbed. Top edge of text with some very mild dust soiling; previous owner signature in pencil on the front pastedown, bookseller ticket on the rear. Dust jacket edges a little worn, more so at the spine ends and edges of the folds, a few minor lateral creases between closed tears in the margins; folds very lightly creased. Very good. Basis for the 1946 Roy William Neill film of the same name starring Dan Duryea and Peter Lorre. The Dark Page 294.

    [Together with:] The Black Path of Fear. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Co. for The Crime Club, 1944. First edition. Octavo (7.75 x 5.5 inches; 198 x 140 mm.). [viii], 183, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's gray cloth, spine lettered in black, Crime Club banner stamped in black across the front board; top edge of the text block trimmed, others untrimmed; plain endpapers; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.00. Spine ends barely pushed; corners bent just a hair. Top edge of text block with a hint of dust-soiling; single tiny brown spot on the front free endpaper. Dust jacket edges somewhat worn with some minor nicks to the fold edges, a short (about three quarters of one inch) tear to the bottom of the rear panel and another smaller one at the top of the rear panel, corresponding soft creasing; a few negligible bruises along the flap folds. A nearly fine copy in a very good dust jacket. Ex-Florence and Edward Kaye with their morocco book label on the front pastedown (very faint offsetting opposite). Basis for the surreal film noir The Chase, adapted for the screen by Philip Yordan and directed by Arthur Ripley, released in 1946. The Dark Page 296.

    [And:] Rendezvous in Black. New York: Rinehart & Company, [1948]. First edition. Octavo (7.4375 x 5.125 inches; 189 x 130 mm). [viii], 273, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's dark blue paper-covered boards, spine stamped and lettered in red; top edge of the text block trimmed, others untrimmed; textured endpapers; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.00. Spine askew, very gently sloping toward the upper-rear corner; spine ends and corners barely tapped, with just a touch of wear. Dust jacket spine panel very faintly dulled; spine ends with some very minor crimping; short, thin stretch of rubbing to the bottom of the front panel fold; flap folds very softly creased; brief, three-character notation to the upper margin of the rear panel. An exceptional, near fine copy. A Murray Hill Mystery. Woolrich's sixth and final "Black Novel." Source for the 1972 Umberto Lenzi giallo, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, and several television adaptations. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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