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The Maltese Falcon by  Dashiell Hammett - 1st Edition - 1930 - from Quintessential Rare Books, LLC (SKU: ABE-17690886031)

The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon

by Hammett, Dashiell

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  • hardcover
  • First
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About This Item

Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1930 First Edition, First Printing. A wonderful First issue dustjacket with a summary printed on the front flap that was changed to blurbs on later printings. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is rich in color with minor wear to the front panel and spine. The book is in great shape and is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's grey cloth. The binding is tight with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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
Quintessential Rare Books, LLC US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
ABE-17690886031
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Date published
1930

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