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    Dana Chambers. Group of Four Jim Steele Novels. New York: [1939-1941]. First editions.

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    Dana Chambers. Some Day I'll Kill You. New York: The Dial Press, 1939. First edition. Octavo. 288 pages. Publisher's full blue cloth; front stamped with publisher's ornament in reddish-brown; spine lettered in reddish-brown. Original illustrated dust jacket. All edges trimmed; top edge stained dark red. Barely perceptible shelf wear at extremities of binding. Jacket mildly toned, slightly rubbed with a touch of wear at edges; two very short tears at top edge of front panel, one at base of rear; flaps clipped. Very nearly fine.

    [Together with:] Too Like the Lightning. A New Jim Steele Story. New York: The Dial Press, 1939. First edition. Octavo. viii, 271, [1] pages. Publisher's full light tan cloth; front stamped in blind with publisher's device; spine lettered in green. Original illustrated dust jacket. All edges trimmed; top edge stained green. Edges of binding and text block with some light brown spotting. Previous owner gift inscription at front free endpaper. Dust jacket spine panel toned, front and rear panel less so; soft creasing to joint and flap folds; a few small chips, light fraying at ends of spine panel and flap folds; flaps clipped. Verso of dust jacket mildly toned. Near fine.

    [And:] She'll Be Dead by Morning! A New Jim Steele Story. New York: The Dial Press, 1940. First edition. Octavo. viii, 243, [1] pages. Publisher's full blue cloth; front stamped in red with publisher's device; spine lettered in red. Original illustrated dust jacket. All edges trimmed; top edge stained red. Minimal shelf wear at extremities of binding. Regular light yellowing to edges and interior of text block. Spine and flap fold ends of jacket very slightly frayed; a touch of wear to joint and flap folds. One small splash at verso of jacket. Very nearly fine.

    [And:] The Blonde Died First. A New Jim Steele Story. New York: The Dial Press, 1941. First edition. Octavo. 283, [1] page. Publisher's full gray cloth; front stamped in reddish-purple with publisher's device; spine lettered in reddish-purple. Original illustrated dust jacket. All edges trimmed; top edge stained purple. Spine ends worn and a bit darkened; a few spots of white soiling to backstrip; two faint tidemarks at corners of rear boards with paper residue along edges. Slight toning to edges of text block. Mild browning to spine panel of jacket; three dampstains at rear flap fold, visible recto and verso; slight loss to paper at edges of spine, front and rear panels; two short splits at tops of flap folds. About near fine in a very good dust jacket. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

    Featuring the debut and three subsequent stories led by Jim Steele, Chambers's hard-boiled detective, who would go on to be referenced and used as an alias several times by Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye.



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