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    Cornell Woolrich. Pair of "Black Novels". New York: [1944-1948]. First editions.

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    Cornell Woolrich. The Black Path of Fear. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Co. for The Crime Club, 1944. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 183, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's gray cloth, spine lettered in black, Crime Club banner stamped in black across the front board, in original dust jacket. Spine leaning slightly; backstrip very faintly dulled; corners lightly worn and softly bumped. Contemporary owner signature to front endpaper; bookseller's rubber stamp to front (since erased) and rear free endpapers. Dust jacket spine ends and bottom edge of the font panel chipped; small nick to each of the flap fold edges; folds lightly worn; spine panel lettered just a shade toned; occasional light soiling. Very good. 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.

    [Together with:] Cornell Woolrich. Rendezvous in Black. New York: Rinehart & Company, [1948]. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 273, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's dark blue paper-covered boards, spine stamped and lettered in red, in original dust jacket. Board edges rubbed with light wear to spine ends and corners. Dust jacket spine panel faintly dulled light wear to edges and folds; some insignificant soiling to the rear panel; two short closed tears to the front panel, with tape mends on the verso. Very good. Woolrich's sixth and final "Black Novel." Source for the 1972 Umberto Lenzi giallo, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, and several television adaptations. From the KoKo Collection.

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