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The Maltese Falcon

by Hammett, Dashiell

Condition: Good


New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931. Seventh Printing. Hardcover. Good. Spine is sun faded, there is a intermittent split in the fabric on the back side of the spine next to the hinge, all four corners are bumped and the fabric of the binding is rubbed away, spine is rolled & lightly cocked. Page edges are sun darkened with light shelf wear and light soiling - as are the edges of the boards. And it looks like some one in the distant past used the front cover as a coaster since there is a partial ring (very lightly discolored) next to the falcon on the front cover (makes it look like there is a moon behind him).




Book summary

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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The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf. A...[more]
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rolled
rolled spine or spine rolled. Damage to a book created by pressure to the spine making it fold or crease in the cover. Damage c...[more]
cocked
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shelf wear
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