29 June 2005
HAMMETT, Dashiell (1894-1961). The Maltese Falcon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930.
8o. Original gray cloth, grayish green falcon within black single-rule frame (spine very slightly age-toned); PICTORIAL DUST JACKET (restored with spine panel in skilful facsimile); custom quarter morocco folding case with onlaid cloth panel based on dust jacket design.
FIRST EDITION, earliest state of the dust jacket. The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential detective novels ever written. Sam Spade, investigating the murder of his partner Archer, became the personification of the American private eye. John Huston's Maltese Falcon (1941) is the most famous film adaptation, staring Humphrey Borgart as Sam Spade, Mary Astor and Peter Lorre. Layman A3.1a. VERY RARE IN DUST JACKET.
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