24 September 2002
CHANDLER, Raymond (1888-1959). The Big Sleep. New York: Knopf, 1939.
8o. Original cloth (light leaning); pictorial dust jacket by Hans J. Barschel (minor chipping to ends of spine panel and corners, short tear, light rubbing to lower panel); cloth slipcase.
FIRST EDITION of author's first book. 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, you were sleeping the big sleep..." The 1944/46 movie of The Big Sleep staring Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart was a successful adaptation of Chandler's first Philip Marlowe novel. It was directed by Howard Hawks, scripted by William Faulkner and features a "Rare and De Luxe Editions" Bookstore. Bruccoli A.1.1.a; A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.
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