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The Restless Hands (Signed Paperback)

by Fischer, Bruno

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1950
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$75.00

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New York: Signet Books, 1950. No. 780. First printing of this edition, and first paperback edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Originally published in hardcover by Dodd, Mead the previous year. Very Good plus. Lightly toned and soiled, with a light reader's crease.
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$75.00
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The Perfect Frame (First Edition)

by Ard, William

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1951
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$150.00

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New York: MS Mill and William Morrow, 1951. First Edition. First Edition. The first book in featuring series detective Timothy Dane. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Jacket lightly rubbed and soiled over all, with light foxing to the rear panel and rear flap, and a light chip to the upper front panel and crown,… Read more
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$150.00
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The Little Sister in Cosmopolitan, April 1949 (Volume 126, issue 4)

by Chandler, Raymond

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Published
1949
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$875.00

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New York: Hearst Magazines, 1949. The first appearance of the novel, in an abridged pre-publication format, preceding the version published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK later the same year, and the US edition, published just after that. Chandler's fifth novel, written after several years working as a screenwriter, and dripping with his contempt for Hollywood. Basis for… Read more
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$875.00
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Pearls are a Nuisance (First Edition)

by Chandler, Raymond

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1953
Edition
First Edition
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$15.00

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London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953. First Edition. First Edition, a paperback original. Collects four Chandler short stories that originally appeared in the US collection, "The Simple Art of Murder." With a new introduction by Chandler. Spine lean and roll, small chip at the top left corner of the rear panel, About Very Good overall.
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A Man Named Thin (First Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell; Ellery Queen (introduction)

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1962
Edition
First Edition
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$40.00

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New York: Mercury Mystery, 1962. First Edition. No. 233. First Edition thus, a digest size paperback original. Contains the title story, which introduces the "Thin Man" character, and 7 other crime stories. A touch of wear to the spine ends, else Near Fine. Layman A19.
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The Thin Man (First Edition, green jacket variant)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Published
1934
Edition
First Edition
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$15,000.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. First Edition. First Edition. Of the four jacket variants issued, of no established priority, this is the variant that is green and with "Book of the Month" blurb on the front panel. Basis for the 1934 film, and the characters that would populate five delightful sequels between 1939-1947. Near Fine in… Read more
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$15,000.00
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The Asphalt Jungle (First Edition, MGM vault file copy)

by Burnett, W.R.

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1949
Edition
First Edition
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$875.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. Likely unique copy from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM] library, with the following identification markers on the front endpaper (1) a standard 1950s-era MGM receipt label affixed to the center of the page, (2) three rubber stamps running down the center that read "VAULT COPY," (3) three rubber stamps (each marked… Read more
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$875.00
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Phantom Lady (First Edition)

by Woolrich, Cornell writing as William Irish

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1942
Edition
First Edition
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$4,750.00

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Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1942. First Edition. First Edition. Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. A Woolrich high spot, basis for the 1944 film directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Ella Raines and Franchot Tone. From the collection of Otto Penzler. About Fine in a Near Fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket is exceptional for this title, with a touch of… Read more
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$4,750.00
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I Should Have Stayed Home (First Edition)

by McCoy, Horace

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1938
Edition
First Edition
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$2,200.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. First Edition. First Edition. The author's third book, a Hollywood novel. From the collection of Otto Penzler. Easily the most difficult McCoy first edition to find in superior condition, as the jacket spine tends to fade almost completely away. This copy Near Fine in every respect, with only slight toning… Read more
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$2,200.00
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Snarl of the Beast (First Edition)

by Daly, Carroll John

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1927
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$28,500.00

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New York: Edward J. Clode, 1927. First Edition. First Edition. In the first state dust jacket, priced $2.00 and with a blurb for this title on the front flap and an advertisement for Richard H. Watkin's "Half a Clue" on the rear flap. From the collection of Otto Penzler. In the early days of the seminal… Read more
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$28,500.00
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The Big Knockover (First Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1966
Edition
First Edition
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$40.00

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New York: Random House, 1966. First Edition. First Edition. A collection of nine short stories and an unfinished novel. An important posthumous anthology, collecting most of the stories for the first time in hardcover. Light uniform rubbing else Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Layman A20.1.a.
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$40.00
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$106,000 Blood Money (First Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1943
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$95.00

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New York: Bestseller Mystery, 1943. First Edition. No. B40. First Edition. Digest size short story collection. Collects "$106,000 Blood Money" and "The Big Knockover as a novel. Near Fine in wrappers. A superior copy. Layman A9.1.
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$95.00
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The Continental Op (First Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1945
Edition
First Edition
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$35.00

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New York: Bestseller Mystery, 1945. First Edition. No. B62. First Edition. Digest size short story collection. Collects 4 Continental Op stories. With an introduction by Ellery Queen. Near Fine in wrappers. A superior copy. Layman A.12.1.
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$35.00
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The Creeping Siamese (First Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1950
Edition
First Edition
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$25.00

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New York: Bestseller Mystery, 1950. First Edition. No. J48. First Edition. Digest size short story collection. Collects 6 Hammett crime stories. With an introduction by Ellery Queen. Solid Very Good in wrappers. Layman A.17.1.
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$25.00
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The Dain Curse (First Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1930
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$550.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition. First Edition, first printing of the author's second novel, the second book appearance of the Continental Op. About Good lacking the dust jacket. Binding square, but with soiling and some spotting/staining to the boards; fore-edges chipped on a few pages, and droplet stains on a few of the internal pages.… Read more
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$550.00
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Red Harvest (First Edition)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1929
Edition
First Edition
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$650.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition. First Edition, first printing of the author's first book, and the first book appearance of the Continental Op. Very Good lacking the dust jacket. A solid, clean copy. Slightest lean, spine colors very lightly faded, a couple of small spots on the rear board and light fading to the topstain,… Read more
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$650.00
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Night Has a Thousand Eyes (First Edition)

by Woolrich, Cornell writing as George Hopley

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1945
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$1,500.00

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New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1945. First Edition. First Edition. An exceptionally bright copy of a key Woolrich title normally found the worse for wear. Basis for the 1948 film noir written for the screen by Jonathan Latimer and starring Edward G. Robinson. Near Fine in an about Near Fine dust jacket without a trace… Read more
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$1,500.00
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The Maltese Falcon (Collection of 20 original photographs from the 1931 pre-Code film)

by Hammett, Dashiell (novel); Roy Del Ruth (director); Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez (starring)

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Published
1931
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$4,500.00

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Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1931. Collection of 20 vintage studio still photographs from the 1931 pre-Code film, and the first adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's classic hard boiled novel. All but two images with the Warner Brothers / Vitaphone logo at the bottom margin. This first adaptation, made well prior to the establishment of the Hayes Code, carries… Read more
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$4,500.00
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The Thin Man (First Edition, red jacket variant)

by Hammett, Dashiell

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1934
Edition
First Edition
Item Price
$6,750.00

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. First Edition. First Edition. There are four jacket variants, of no established priority, this being red and with "Book of the Month" blurb on the front panel. Basis for the 1934 film, and the characters that would populate five delightful sequels between 1939-1947. Very Good in a Very Good or better… Read more
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$6,750.00
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New York: Signet Books, 1950. No. 811. First printing of this edition. INSCRIBED by the author to Signet Books founder Kurt Enoch: "To Kurt Enoch / 'Long may they weave." From the Kurt Enoch collection, with a letter of provenance included. Kurt Enoch was the founder of Signet Books and a publisher whose desire was to bring… Read more
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$550.00