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In the rare dust jacket
THE SCOTT GREENBAUM COLLECTION OF LITERARY FIRST EDITIONS
In the rare dust jacket

DASHIELL HAMMETT, 1931

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In the rare dust jacket
Dashiell Hammett, 1931
HAMMETT, Dashiell (1894-1961), editor. Creeps By Night. Chills and Thrills. New York: John Day Company, 1931.

First edition in dust jacket, featuring stories from William Faulkner, H. P. Lovecraft, André Maurois, Conrad Aiken, and others. Hammett notes in the introduction that "The effectiveness of the sort of stories that we are here concerned with depends on the reader's believing that certain things cannot happen and on the writer's making him feel—if not actually believe—that they can but should not happen." It would be repackaged for English audiences and brought out by Gollancz in 1932 as Modern Tales of Horror. Layman A5.1a.

Octavo. Black cloth stamped in green (expert repair to lower joint); yellow dust-jacket printed in red and blue (short tears at edges, neatly reinforced on verso).

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