MALTESE FALCON

(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930).

SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF THIS LANDMARK WORK. The masterpiece of the genre of detective fiction by the foremost writer in the field and now a classic of the 20th century. The main character, Sam Spade, appears only in this novel (and in three much lesser known short stories) yet is widely cited as the crystallizing figure in the development of the hard-boiled private detective. Raymond Chandler's character Philip Marlowe was clearly most influenced by Hammett's Spade. In what is perhaps the highest form of praise, the novel has three major film adaptations, Bogie’s iconic portrayal being the third, and a virtually uncountable number of spoofs, rip-offs, copycats, etc. Item #29863

First edition. 8vo, publisher’s original light gray cloth with blue-black frame and falcon on the upper board. The spine with art-deco diamond pattern and lettering in blue and black, Borzoi device on back cover, top edge dyed blue, others untrimmed. Facsimile dustjacket provided. 267, (1) pp. A handsome and very pleasing survival and a really good copy of a book rarely found in nice condition, internally clean, the hinges strong, the cloth still clean and bright, the spine panel clean and well preserved and still the same gray as the covers, without the usual browning or mellowing, the blue and black printing and design work all still very fresh. A very nice copy of the book.

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