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The Maltese Falcon by  Dashiell Hammett - Hardcover - 1930 - from Carpetbagger Books, IOBA (SKU: 4574)

The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon

by Hammett, Dashiell

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  • near fine
  • hardcover
Condition
Near Fine/Near Fine
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About This Item

New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1930. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Early reprint from the seventh printing plates. Not a Madison Square edition. Near Fine in a Near Fine jacket, a bit of rubbing to the surface and edges. Orange buckram with black ink lettering and designs on the spine and front board. Square and firmly bound with a green top stain, a few chips in the paper at the hinges mostly likely from bookworms, remarkably clean otherwise. The classic Sam Spade mystery that was famously adapted into the classic 1941 John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.

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
Carpetbagger Books, IOBA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
4574
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Grosset and Dunlap
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930
Keywords
Crime Fiction, Hardboiled, Detective Fiction, Books to Film

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About Carpetbagger Books, IOBA

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rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
edges
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...[more]
fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
buckram
A plain weave fabric normally made from cotton or linen which is stiffened with starch or other chemicals to cover the book...[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.
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]

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