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    Sherwood King. If I Die Before I Wake. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1938. First edition. An Inner Sanctum Mystery. Octavo (7.9375 x 5 inches; 201 x 228 mm.). [vi], 309, [1, ad] pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, Inner Sanctum device stamped in blind on the front board; top edge stained red; in restored original dust jacket. Boards lightly rubbed with a couple small whitish blemishes to the rear board; touch of wear to the gilt lettering; small closed tear to the cloth at the crown; extremities very lightly worn. Endpapers faintly discolored; textblock lightly browned but the pages are still quite supple; hinges just slightly extended and still holding firm. Dust jacket spine panel dulled; light wear to folds and edges; spine ends restored with most of the publisher's name (crudely) supplied in manuscript ink; folds reinforced, some edges renewed. A near fine copy in an presentable restored jacket. Basis for the 1947 Orson Welles film, The Lady from Shanghai, starring Welles and Rita Hayworth. One of the most difficult major film noir source texts to track down in any sort of dust jacket. The Dark Page 176. From the KoKo Collection.

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