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    Damon Runyon. Guys and Dolls. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1931. First edition, presumed advance or review copy with the publication date (Aug. 20, 1931) stamped on the front free endpaper. Octavo (7.25 x 4.875 inches; 185 x 125 mm.). xii, 313, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine and front board lettered in black; all edges of the text block trimmed; plain endpapers; in the original dust jacket, priced $2.00. Spine leaning somewhat; bottom edge of the rear board worn and frayed with the board exposed for about one and one and a half inches starting at the corner; other corners tapped with a touch of wear; spine ends rubbed; rear board with the shallowest of splays. Very slightly shaken. Top edge of the text block very lightly dust-soiled with some sparse foxing; rear endpapers with some trace, light soiling. Dust jacket tattered with tape applied to each of the folds and the spine ends; rear panel tanned with a large chip to the lower edge, starting at the flap fold and not affecting any text (but possibly shaving the printed rule), and a small interior hole toward the upper margin, affecting a few letters in the first blurb for the first title listed; edges and folds worn, front flap fold almost entirely split; spine ends worn with small chips; large, but somewhat faint, series of tidemarks to the spine and front panels, more readily visible on the verso. A very good copy in a good dust jacket. A serviceable copy of a very difficult title to find in any sort of jacket. Basis for an acclaimed Broadway musical written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, which ran for 1200 performances between 1950 and 1953 at the 46th Street Theatre, as well as numerous revivals (Internet Broadway Database), and the film adaptation that followed in 1955, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Queen's Quorum 84 ("The great modern interpreter of The Main Stem...leavened his tales of passion and violence with a unique type of humor which can only be described as New York Runyonese"). From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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