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The Maltese Falcon by  Dashiell Hammett - First Edition - 1930 - from Dale Steffey Books (SKU: 003549)

The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon

by Hammett, Dashiell

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  • Hardcover
  • First
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Very Good Minus/No Jacket
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About This Item

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Printing of this iconic detective fiction classic, with date of 1930 title page and 1929,1930 copyright page with no additional printings listed. Very Good Minus in grey cloth boards with falcon front cover and dedorative spine, lacking the dustjacket. Boards soiled and spine a bit darkened, the book is square and the binding is tight and unbroken. Prior owner name in ink bottom edge rear boards, and shadow of name along fore edge of front boards, no other internal markings or names. Filmed 3 times, most notably in 1941 by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart. This a is a solid unrestored copy of the best mystery from the 20th Century, and a brilliant candidate for some professional restoration. . First Edition. Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket.

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
Dale Steffey Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
003549
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good Minus
Jacket condition
No Jacket
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930
Bookseller catalogs
Mystery and Adventure;

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