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The Maltese Falcon by  Dashiell Hammett - Later edition, seventh printing - 1931 - from James Cummins Bookseller (SKU: 255745)

The Maltese Falcon

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The Maltese Falcon

by Hammett, Dashiell

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New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Later edition, seventh printing. 8vo. With the recipient's leather bookplate on the spine, some cloth spotting, front hinge cracked and partially mended, very good. Supplied is an original G&D dust jacket as well as the two promotional wraparound bands, one of which features illustrations from the film with Bebe Daniels, the first Brigid O'Shaughnessy of the screen. In a custom clamshell box. Later edition, seventh printing. 8vo. Hammett to Bebe Daniels. An extraordinary association copy, inscribed by the author to the female lead of the first film version of his most famous and enduring novel: "For Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels with all good wishes - Dashiell Hammett. Hollywood, August, 1931." The 1931 film's reputation has been eclipsed by the 1941 John Huston version which starred Humphrey Bogart (the 1931 film starred Ricardo Cortez as Spade) and Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy. Daniels married actor Ben Lyon in 1930; the film was released in May, 1931 to very favorable reviews, and its success was a huge boost to Hammett's career.

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
James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
255745
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
Hammett, Dashiell
Format/binding
8vo
Book condition
Used - With the recipient's leather bookplate on the spine, some cloth spotting, front hinge cracked and partially mended, very good. S
Quantity available
1
Edition
Later edition, seventh printing
Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1931
Keywords
Detective Fiction | Dashiell Hammett
Bookseller catalogs
Literature;

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About James Cummins Bookseller

Founded in 1978 by James Cummins, the firm has grown to include two New Jersey locations as well as the main store at 699 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd Streets) in New York City.Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (During July & August, until 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.)The Madison Avenue store is a seventh-floor oasis for book-lovers, a quiet and pleasantly furnished book room with a carefully chosen, expertly catalogued and broad-based selection of fine and rare books, autographs, manuscripts, and works of art. We have built notable private collections for American and international clients. Our stock is always changing, and our steady input from private buying and public auctions assures our clients of new surprises (and temptations!) at each visit. Our stock covers a wide range of collecting interests, with particular emphasis in the following fields: British and American Literature, Sporting Books, Private Press and Illustrated Books, 19th-Century Color Plate Books, Americana, Travel, Sets and Fine Bindings, History, and Authors' Manuscripts and Letters. Our catalogued inventory exceeds 50,000 titles, much of which can be searched on the internet. In addition, our New Jersey warehouse contains over 400,000 books in all subject areas. We might have the books you're looking for.

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jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...[more]
Cloth
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bookplate
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...[more]
Association copy
An association copy is a copy of a book which has been signed and inscribed by the author for a personal friend,...[more]
inscribed
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clamshell box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with...[more]
cracked
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hinge
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.
spine
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