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    Cornell Woolrich. The Black Curtain. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1941. First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the preliminary blank leaf: "For Don Yates, / from his friend / Con Woolrich." An Inner Sanctum Mystery with publisher's survey card laid in. Octavo (8 x 5 inches; 202 x 127 mm.). [2, blank], [viii], 305, [5, blank] pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine lettered in white and stamped in black, Inner Sanctum device stamped in white on the front board; top edge stained black; in original dust jacket. Backstrip very faintly dulled; thin, light whitish blemish along front joint on rear board; board edges just barely rubbed; bottom corners only gently bent. Endpapers lightly foxed. Donald Yates's ownership signature to front free endpaper. Dust jacket with a few tiny nicks to spine ends and fold edges; pink ink of spine panel just a shade faded; crudely price-clipped. Near fine. Woolrich was a notorious recluse, making early signed or inscribed copies uncommon in the marketplace. The second novel in Woolrich's "Black Novel" series. Adapted for the screen in 1942 as Street of Chance, starring Burgess Meredith and Claire Trevor. The Dark Page 286. From the KoKo Collection.



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