THE MALTESE FALCON. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. Octavo, pp. [1-12] [1-2] 3-267 [268: colophon] [269-272: blank] [note: first two and last two leaves are blanks], title page printed in blue-gray and black, decorated light gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in blue-gray and black, running Borzoi stamped in black on rear panel, top edge stained light blue-gray, other edges rough trimmed. First edition, first printing. The first Sam Spade book. A Haycraft-Queen "cornerstone." Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, pp. 336-8. Layman A.3.1.a. A fine copy in very good first issue pictorial dust jacket with several small areas of restoration at spine ends and corners, tiny abrasion at center of rear panel re-colored, 50 mm tear along lower front flap fold mended, and clipped price. A superb copy of one of the most influential detective stories of all time. Enclosed in a custom cloth clamshell box. (#144963).
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