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THE MALTESE FALCON

by Hammett, Dashiell

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  • near fine
  • hardcover
  • First
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About This Item

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Near Fine. 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Professionally rebound in 1/4 black calf leather. Red spine labels and 5 raised bands. Gilt spine lettering. New endpapers. Original boards and spine nicely pasted on rear endpaper. A very handsome copy of the best and most famous murder mystery ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 267 pages .

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
Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
9899
Title
THE MALTESE FALCON
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction;

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About Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore

The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore grew out of The Complete Traveller Bookstore, the first travel bookstore in the United States. Owners Harriet and Arnold Greenberg were (and are) travel writers and Arnold, a life-long collector of antiquarian books. Many customers have combined their purchases of new guidebooks with editions of older classics. While the largest number of titles in the Antiquarian Bookstore are travel related, our collections include many first editions of fiction and literature, and even some unusual children's books. Those of you who have visited our store have seen one of the country's premier collections of authentic Baedekers. The small red-covered books are considered the first modern travel guides and are treasured for their great historic detail and fold out maps throughout. From the rare "Indien" to the prosaic "Central Italy," we have them all. We are proud of our rapidly expanding collection of rare titles dealing with the history, culture, peoples and communities of New York City and New York State. Other specialties include: The A&C Black Twenty Shilling series--books to far-flung destinations that are filled with scores of colorful illustrations. And, the state and city guides of the American Guide Series, a depression-era project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and written by many who later became renowned.

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spine
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calf
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12mo
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rebound
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raised band(s)
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First Edition
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