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The Maltese Falcon. by DASHIELL HAMMETT - 1st Edition - 1930 - from Clearwater Books (SKU: ARC92734)

The Maltese Falcon.

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The Maltese Falcon.

by DASHIELL HAMMETT

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About This Item

Alfred A.Knopf, London and New York, 1930. The first UK edition (first printing), issued five months after the US issue. 8vo. 280pp. Blue smooth-weave cloth lettered in red at the spine with a small black-stamped falcon design to the backstrip and the upper corner of the front board. Publisher's blue top edge stain, very slightly patchy. Just a trace of light bruising to the spine ends and a touch of very light spotting to the fore edge, with a little further spotting to the half-title, title page, and one or two further preliminary and concluding leaves. Free endpapers lightly browned and a tiny bump to the tips of the two lower corners. A touch of very light soiling to occasional leaf margins and, once or twice, to the text block. A very good copy. No dust wrapper. The first and only full-length novel featuring Hammett's celebrated gumshoe Sam Spade. The print runs of the first US and first UK editions are unknown, but considering the relative availability of the first American edition, this distinctly more uncommon UK edition must surely have been printed in considerably smaller numbers. Layman A3.2.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

Synopsis

The Maltese Falcon , author Dashiell Hammett’s third novel, set the standard by which all subsequent detective fiction would be judged. Set in San Francisco in the late 1920s, the novel introduces us to private detective Sam Spade, who characterizes the archetype of the hard-boiled detective in his dead-pan pursuit of the recovery of a black figurine. Having worked for a time for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco, Hammett reportedly drew upon his years as a detective in creating Spade and many of the other characters for The Maltese Falcon . The Maltese Falcon was originally serialized in HL Mencken’s “pulp” magazine, Black Mask, beginning with the September 1929 issue. For publication of the book form, editor Blanche Knopf tried to tone down the overt sexuality of the magazine version, fearing the references would alienate readers, but Hammett prevailed. However, the 1941 film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor (the best known of the novel’s three film versions) excised the homosexual subtext of the novel due to Production Code restraints. Today, the movie is considered a film noir classic and the novel is ranked 56th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century as well as 54th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels. -

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Bookseller
Clearwater Books GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
ARC92734
Title
The Maltese Falcon.
Author
DASHIELL HAMMETT
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
No Jacket
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A.Knopf, London and New York
Date published
1930
Bookseller catalogs
Crime Fiction;

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Clearwater Books specialises in Henry Williamson, T.E.Lawrence, Great War, Modern First Editions and Art & Illustrated books.Visit our website at www.clearwaterbooks.co.uk

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