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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - Signed First Edition - 1930 - from Heartwood Books  (SKU: HCX1052-2)

The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett

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  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
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About This Item

First printing with publisher's Borzoi hound logo to the publication page, 1930 on both title and publication pages, and no later printings mentioned. Original grey cloth decorated in black and blue with a falcon emblem to the cover. An acknowledged classic and Dashiell Hammett's Most seminal work. housed in black leather spine slipcase, signed by author on front free end page.

Book Condition Very Good-: Firm copy with minor bump to corners and rubbing along board edges. Slight fading to spine.
Dust Jacket Condition - Fine: Dust jacket has been professionally restored. Price-clipped. In clear protective cover.

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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Details

Bookseller
Heartwood Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
HCX1052-2
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
Dashiell Hammett
Book condition
Used - Very Good-
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930

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rubbing
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