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    William Lindsay Gresham. Nightmare Alley. New York: Rinehart and Company, 1946. First edition; association copy, inscribed by the author for magician and mystery writer Clayton Rawson: "For / the Great Merlini - / who can stretch a / rope without stretching / his neck, same time / Bill Gresham / Dep. Sheriff / Maricopa Co. / Arizona / 7/19/46." Octavo (8 x 5.5 inches; 205 x 138 mm.). [10], 275, [1] pages; illustrated chapter headings. Publisher's black cloth; spine lettered in gilt with green strip at title; top edge stained green, others untrimmed; original illustrated dust jacket. Spine somewhat skewed; moderate shelf wear at extremities of binding; slight wear at joints; spine ends gently pushed; mild soiling to boards. Normal age toning to edges and interior of text block; a bit of foxing at endpapers. Faint toning to dust jacket, most noticeable at spine panel; minimal paper loss at spine and flap fold ends with short splits at upper corners of rear panel; barely perceptible wear at joint and flap folds. A very good copy in a near fine jacket. Noir classic adapted into the 1947 film starring Tyrone Power. The Dark Page 122. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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