24 September 2002
WOOLRICH, Cornell (1903-68). The Bride wore Black. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
8o. Original cloth (slight lean); pictorial dust jacket by Charles Coleman (price-clipped, tiny chip to back panel, slight rubbing to joints and folds). Provenance: Nina Kelly Bruce (bookplate, signatures on front and back endpapers).
FIRST EDITION of Woolrich's first mystery and a landmark of noir. "There are no suspects, no clues, yet the reader is tensely aware of mystery. There is only the woman, her victims, and the relentless drama of her life--a pale shadow that comes gradually into focus and is seen at last in brilliant outline" (dust jacket). The basis for François Truffaut's film starring Jeanne Moreau. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.
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