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Maltese Falcon by  Dashiell HAMMETT - Hardcover - 1983 - from Heritage Book Shop, LLC (SKU: 66453)

Maltese Falcon

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Maltese Falcon

by HAMMETT, Dashiell

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About This Item

Limited to 400 Copies [ARION PRESS]. HAMMETT, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1983. One of 400 copies. Quarto. [i-vi] vii-ix [x], [1-2] 3-291 pp. Illustrated with captioned reproduction period photographs including a frontispiece portrait of Hammett and a folding panorama of San Francisco. Black leather back over gray cloth boards, falcon in black leather on front and rear covers. Spine lettering and Falcon stamped in silver, and with falcon's eye stamped in red. Illustrated endpapers depicting a map of San Francisco. Fine in publisher's original slipcase of gray cloth with black morocco spine label stamped in silver. HBS 66453. $1,350

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
Heritage Book Shop, LLC US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
66453
Title
Maltese Falcon
Author
HAMMETT, Dashiell
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Arion Press
Place of Publication
San Francisco
Date published
1983

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About Heritage Book Shop, LLC

Owned and operated by Ben Weinstein, who has been in the business of antiquarian books for over fifty years, Heritage Book Shop\'s inventory consists of some of the finest items in the areas of first editions, early printed books, bindings, illustrated books, literature, and manuscripts. Heritage Book Shop serves a clientele base consisting of private collectors as well as esteemed public institutions. We take great pride in the dedication we offer our clients. Whether you are building a first-rate collection of a favorite author or an extensive library, we look forward to offering the experience of our knowledgeable and helpful staff.

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spine label
The paper or leather descriptive tag attached to the spine of the book, most commonly providing the title and author of the...[more]
quarto
The term quarto is used to describe a page or book size. A printed sheet is made with four pages of text on each side, and the...[more]
morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
fine
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Cloth
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spine
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