Robert Reeves. Dead and Done For. New York: 1939. First Edition.

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    Robert Reeves. Dead and Done For. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First Edition. Octavo. [x], 288, [1, blank], [1, note on the type], [4, blank] pages, second- and third-to-last gatherings on brighter paper stock. Publisher's light red cloth, spine and front board lettered and elaborately stamped in dark blue, publisher's device stamped in dark blue on rear board; top edge stained blue; in original dust jacket. Spine ends and corners rubbed; top corner of rear board softly bumped. Dust jacket rear panel lightly rubbed with some mild soiling to white background and author portrait; some trace very light edgewear. A stunning, nearly fine, copy. The debut novel of one of the last great writers published in Black Mask and first appearance of his most important character, Cellini Smith. "Dead and Done For is a superior first novel, firmly in the hardboiled tradition." (John L. Apostolou, "The Short Career of Robert Reeves"). From the KoKo Collection.

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