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The Maltese Falcon

by HAMMETT, DASHIELL

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  • hardcover
  • First
Condition
First Edition. Very minor cloth soiling, mostly of the spine; very good to fine; a little closer to the latter than the former.
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About This Item

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition. Very minor cloth soiling, mostly of the spine; very good to fine; a little closer to the latter than the former.

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
Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc. US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
30475P
Title
The Maltese Falcon
Author
HAMMETT, DASHIELL
Book condition
Used - First Edition. Very minor cloth soiling, mostly of the spine; very good to fine; a little closer to the latter than the former.
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1930

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Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.

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About Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.

With more than 35 years experience in the rare book trade, Peter L. Stern and Co., Inc. has established itself as a highly regarded firm of antiquarian booksellers.

Specializing in 19th and 20th century literature, signed and inscribed books, and manuscripts we maintain a high quality inventory. Our shop is located in the heart of Newton Centre where we are open by chance or appointment

In the long-standing tradition of the rare book trade we continue to mail regular catalogues to our customers. We are easily accessible via the MBTA Green Line's D Branch. We travel widely and attend both international and local book fairs.

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