24 September 2002
CHANDLER, Raymond. The Long Good-Bye. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953.
8o. Original maroon boards; pictorial dust jacket by Fritz Wegner (very light darkening to spine and edges of lower panel); cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION. "The first time I laid eyes on Terry Lennox he was drunk in a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith outside the terrace of The Dancers... You could tell by his eyes that he was plastered to the hairline, but otherwise he looked like any other nice young guy in a dinner jacket who had been spending too much money in a joint that exists for that purpose and for no other." This is the beginning of The Long Good-Bye Chandler's sixth novel and according to Anthony Burgess "perhaps the best of the Philip Marlowe series..." (Anthony Burgess 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 page 63); Bruccoli A10.1.a.
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