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    Dashiell Hammett. The Dain Curse. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First edition, with "dopped in" for "dropped in" in line 19 of page 260. Octavo (7.5 x 5.125 inches; 190 x 131 mm.). [2, blank], [2, half-title ("Books by Dashiell Hammett" on verso)], [2, title-leaf (copyright on verso)], [2, dedication (verso blank)], [2, contents], 272, [1, colophon], [5, blank] pages. Title-page printed in brown and black, with a skull and crossbones vignette in brown. Publisher's medium yellow smooth V cloth, front cover stamped in dark reddish orange with a skull and crossbones within a dark reddish brown single-rule border; spine stamped in five panels with decorations in red and brown against a yellow background, the title and author's name in yellow against a brown panel and the publisher's name in red against a yellow panel; rear cover stamped with brown rectangular Borzoi Books device in the lower right corner. Top edge of the text block stained brown, bottom edge rough-trimmed, fore-edge untrimmed. In the original, complete unrestored, color pictorial dust jacket by F. H. Horvath, with a plot summary of this title on rear panel and blurbs of Red Harvest on the front panel, priced $2.00. Spine with just a hint of a lean; backstrip very faintly dulled, with some light discoloration at the spine ends; bottom edge of the spine with a single minor crimp; bottom corners very slightly bent; some trace light soiling to the board edges. Top stain still very vivid but with a few tiny scuffs; small area of tanning near the bound edge of the bottom of the text block, not visible in the page margins; single faint smudge of thumb-soiling on the preliminary blank. Dust jacket spine panel a little faded; spine ends worn with some light chipping at the base, removing the K and half of the N in Knopf and shaving a couple of other letters;a few other minor chips to fold edges; short closed tear (about five-eighths of one inch) to the top of the front panel, a couple of other shorter closed tears along the bottom edge; folds lightly worn with a tiny bruise near the top of the front panel fold and a couple of short interior closed tears to both panel folds; some scanty soiling to the rear panel; a few negligible surface scuffs to the front panel; verso with some faint offsetting from the stamping on the book's covers. A nearly fine copy in an about near fine jacket. A tough title to find in a nice jacket, especially so unrestored. Housed in a custom clamshell case by the Dragonfly Bindery. Hammett's second book and the final Continental Op novel. Originally published in four parts in Black Mask from November 1928 to February 1929. Layman A2.1.a. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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