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    Dashiell Hammett. The Maltese Falcon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First edition in the first state dust jacket. Octavo. 267, [1, imprint] pages. Publisher's pictorial gray cloth, boards and spine stamped in blue-gray and black. Head and foot of spine pushed, minor foxing to edges. Ivory endpapers; toned, small abrasions to front pastedown where pages appear to have stuck along margin and then separated, effaced bookseller notations to the front free endpaper recto, some offsetting. Internally generally clean and tight, top edge trimmed and stained blue, others rough trimmed; some gutters overextended, text block toned along margins and edges with minor edgewear. Dust jacket price clipped (as usual) with $2.00 price listed for the two previously published Hammett novels (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse) on the rear panel; chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with some losses, spine sunned, somewhat toned, 19 mm tear to front panel. Housed in custom yellow cloth clamshell case with raised silhouette of falcon (matching dust jacket) to upper cover, black coated paper spine label printed in yellow. Very good book with very good dust jacket.

    A beautiful first edition in an unrestored first state dust jacket of a title regarded as one of the top crime fiction novels of all time by the Crime Writer's Association and the Mystery Writers of America. Unsurprisingly, the story has been a popular one for adaptation to film and is credited as the first major film noir. It was first adapted as a pre-Code production, directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels, and was almost immediately prevented from re-release due to content. The story came to the silver screen once more in 1941 in its most recognizable incarnation, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. This adaptation was a major critical and commercial success and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. The film garnered three Academy Award nominations and was among the first twenty-five films ever selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It has been otherwise adapted under alternate titles for a spoof adaptation and sequel.

    A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone; Layman A3.1.a.

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