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The Maltese Falcon

by HAMMETT, DASHIELL

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  • hardcover
  • First
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About This Item

New York: Knopf, 1930. First Edition, First Printing, Second state dust jacket. Tiny ownership signature else a fine clean copy in a neatly price-clipped second state dust jacket which has a few skillful mends by an expert mends by an paper conservationist. Enclosed in a custom leather and cloth clamshell box. One of the great classics of mystery and detective fiction, Hammett’s masterpiece is also the basis for the great film adaptation directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade; Mary Astor as his femme fatale client; Gladys George; Peter Lorre; and Sydney Greenstreet in his film debut. Simply, one of the greatest films of all time.

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 Pepper Rare Books, Inc. US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
14600J
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
HAMMETT, DASHIELL
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930

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About James Pepper Rare Books, Inc.

We are long-term members of the Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America. We specialize in American & English Literature, Mystery & Detective Fiction, Rare Cinema Material, Autograph & Signed Material, and an Eclectic Offering of Literature & Ephemera.

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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]
second state
used in book collecting to refer to a first edition, but after some change has been made in the printing, such as a correction,...[more]
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...[more]
fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
jacket
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Cloth
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