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THE MALTESE FALCON by  Dashiell Hammett - First Edition - 1930 - from Black Swan Books, Inc. (SKU: 281584)

THE MALTESE FALCON

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THE MALTESE FALCON

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Good+ binding/Fine dust jacket
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New York; London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good+ binding/Fine dust jacket. Previous owner's bookplate attached to front paste-down along with a portion of the original dustjacket. No pencil or ink markings in text. A few pages have stains. Grey cloth binding. Closed tears and small chips at top and bottom spine with a small loss of cloth. Corners lightly bumped. Shelf-wear to lower extremities. Some staining on front board. Facsimile dustjacket. DJ protected with Mylar Cover. Good+ binding / Fine dust 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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Details

Bookseller
Black Swan Books, Inc. US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
281584
Title
THE MALTESE FALCON
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Hard Cover
Book condition
Used - Good+ binding
Jacket condition
Fine dust jacket
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York; London
Date published
1930

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About Black Swan Books, Inc.

We are a bricks-and-mortar bookshop located at a busy corner on Main Street in Richmond, Virginia. In 1997 Nicholas Cooke established Black Swan Books in Richmond Virginia and in 2012 James Cooke joined the family business opening Black Swan Books and Music in Staunton Virginia. Please visit us at either storefront or online.

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facsimile
An exact copy of an original work. In books, it refers to a copy or reproduction, as accurate as possible, of an original...[more]
bookplate
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paste-down
The paste-down is the portion of the endpaper that is glued to the inner boards of a hardback book. The paste-down forms an...[more]
good+
A term used to denote a condition a slight grade better than Good.
First Edition
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Cloth
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jacket
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fine
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spine
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