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THE MALTESE FALCON by  Dashiell Hammett - Reprint - 1930 - from Second Story Books (SKU: 9-436-1281910)

THE MALTESE FALCON

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THE MALTESE FALCON

by Hammett, Dashiell

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New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1930. Reprint. 8vo., 267pp.; VG/G+; spine yellow with black lettering, black falcon; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price cut; dust jacket has some liquid staining on rear cover; tail of spine has some chipping, the only part of the publisher's name remaining is "Gros"; age-toning to pages, brittle; LP consignment; shelved case 6, Dupont. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.

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
Second Story Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
9-436-1281910
Title
THE MALTESE FALCON
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
1
Edition
Reprint
Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930

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Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...[more]
reprint
Any printing of a book which follows the original edition. By definition, a reprint is not a first edition.
tail
The heel of the spine.
chipping
A defect in which small pieces are missing from the edges; fraying or small pieces of paper missing the edge of a paperback, or...[more]

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