CHANDLER, RAYMOND. The Big Sleep. New York: Knopf, 1939. 8vo, original browninsh-orange cloth (small skillful repairs at ends of spine and front outer joint); dust jacket (professionally restored along joints); brown pigskin folding case. FIRST EDITION of Chandler's first book. Bruccoli A1.1.a; a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Philip Marlowe muses at the end: "What did it matter where you lay once you are dead? In a dirty dump or in a marble tower on top a high hill? You were dead, your were sleeping the big sleep..."