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The Maltese Falcon. by  Dashiell HAMMETT - First Edition - 1930 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 130249)

The Maltese Falcon.

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The Maltese Falcon.

by HAMMETT, Dashiell

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1930. An attractive copy of one of the greatest detective thrillers of the 20th century Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and falcon design to front cover in green and black, publisher's device in black to rear cover, top edge grey, others untrimmed. Vignette title page printed in blue and black. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Browned spine gently rolled, light foxing to cloth, book block edges, and occasionally to margins; a very good copy. First edition, first printing, of one of the greatest detective thrillers of the 20th century. The Maltese Falcon was adapted as a film noir in 1941, written and directed by John Huston, and featuring Humphrey Bogart in the lead role. Layman A3.1.a.

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
Peter Harrington GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
130249
Title
The Maltese Falcon.
Author
HAMMETT, Dashiell
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Alfred A. Knopf,
Date published
1930

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About Peter Harrington

Peter Harrington is currently offering a normal national and international delivery service unaffected by COVID-19. Peter Harrington first started selling rare and antiquarian books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road in 1969, and have since grown to become one of the largest and best known antiquarian bookshops in Europe. Our shop extends over four floors offering up to 20,000 volumes. We also offer a full bookbinding and restoration service, and are members of the ABA and ILAB.

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title page
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First Edition
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spine
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device
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rolled
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