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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First Edition; advance reading copy of the author’s first book. Original printed wrappers; spine faded; some spotting and wear; near very good. The publisher’s promotional front cover copy compares Chandler favorably to Hammett and Cain, which, in retrospect, seems understated.
San Francisco: Arion Press, 1986. First Edition, thus. Publisher’s binding of decorated plastic hinged with cloth. A fine copy in the original cardboard box. Included are two original 8 x 10” photographs used in the book: “Raymond Chandler’s Grave” (page 6) and “Agnes in Geiger’s Bookshop” (page 40). Each of.....
Probably from the middle to later fifties; approximately 4 x 5”; inscribed “Michael, Best, Ray.” In excellent condition. The recipient was Michael Gilbert, fellow mystery writer and Chandler’s London attorney. While Chandler’s inscribed books and signed letters have always been uncommon, signed photographs are, and always have been, especially scarce.....
Santa Barbara, California: Santa Teresa Press, 1983. The archive includes Parker’s corrected typescript for the preface; various proofs, some signed by Parker; holograph notes by Parker; publisher’s notes and mock-ups; printer’s and binder’s dummies; in a custom cloth clamshell box by the book’s designer, repeating the final design. Another box.....