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The Maltese Falcon by  Dashiell Hammett - First Edition - 1987 - from BiblioStax (SKU: 020148)

The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1987. Special contents copyright: 1986, 1987. Attractive 6" x 9" design. Navy buckram (full-cloth) boards, ornately detailed silver cover design, spine titles, light shelf wear. Cover design features the majestic entrancing eagle of the story in silver w/ray emanating surround by a patterned border of silver spades. Spine features crisp stylized silver titles, three raised bands, and echoing the design of cover w/pattern of spades. Pages fine. Red title and chapter headings w/motif header design. Bright silver page edges at all sides. Spade patterned endpapers on deep red endpapers. Bind fine; hinges intact. Fine, heavy book craftsmanship. Features a special eight-page photo plate section of classic movie poster and imagery from the Bogart film of this title. Dashiel Hammett had been a Pinkerton from 1915-21 and he heavily drew from this wealth op knowledge. The Maltese Falcon first appeared in serial form in 1930 in the famed Black Mask periodical. With the astonishing burst of creativity culminating in The Maltes Falcon, Hammett secured his place among mystery's immortals. Crime critic and connoisseur Alexander Woollcott pronounced it "the best detective story America has yet produced." Chapter headings: Spade & Archer; Death in the Fog; Three Women; The Black Bird; The Levantine; The Undersized Shadow; G in the Air; Horse Feathers; Brigid; The Belvedere Divan; The Fat Man; Merry-Go-Round; The Emperor's Gift; La Paloma; Every Crackpot; The Third Murder; Saturday Night; The Fall-Guy; The Russian's Hand; and, If They Hang You". Printed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Co. Chicago, Illinois. 188 pages. Insured post.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall.


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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The Maltese Falcon
Hammett, Dashiell
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First Edition
The Franklin Library
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Franklin Center, Pennsylvania
Date published
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall

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