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ORIGINAL 1930 TYPED LETTER, SIGNED (re: The: Hammett, Dashiell
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Item Description: 1930. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. Hammett, Dashiell. ONE PAGE TYPED LETTER, SIGNED ["Sincerely, Dashiell Hammett"]. 135 East 38th Street, New York, April 21st, 1930. Highly desirable unpublished early letter from one of Hammett's most creatively fruitful years in which he makes mention of all three of his greatest novels. To "Dear Mr. Hammett" (Walter Hammett of Yale University in New Haven, who had initially written wondering -- incorrectly as it turned out -- if they shared any kin), it reads: "Thanks a lot for the latest of your always kind notes. The Falcon seems to be going over pretty well and I think Earl Boothe's going to produce it on the stage in the Fall if I can get time off from the current book to do the dramatization. The next book, 'The Glass Key' is scheduled for publication in September or October, and then 'The Thin Man' and 'The Darkened Face' in February and August, 1931. Beyond that deponent saith not. Best of luck to you with the poetry and otherwise." The letter, written only two months after the book publication of THE MALTESE FALCON has some irony to it as Dashiell Hammett's precision in rattling off titles and publication dates bore no reality to what came to pass. THE GLASS KEY wouldn't be published until 1931; THE THIN MAN didn't appear until 1934. As for "The Darkened Face" -- there is a fragment of a manuscript with that title at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. It now appears to have been a planned novel which never came to full fruition. Nor did Hammett write a stage version of THE MALTESE FALCON for Earl Boothe; instead the novel was almost immediately adapted to film, released by Warner Brothers Studios as a pre-code 1931 crime drama full of sexual innuendo starring Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels. The Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921-1960 (edited by Richard Layman) were indeed "selected from nearly one thousand letters" yet only a mere four letters date - as this letter does -- from 1930, the year Hammett published THE MALTESE FALCON. Apart from two neat folds, the letter is in Fine, crisp condition. Custom slipcase. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 002426

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Dashiell Hammett

Published by Alfred A. Knopf (1930)

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From: E. B. Books (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Item Description: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. First Edition, 1930. A Fine copy of the first printing. Bound in grey fine linen cloth stamped in black and blue, with falcon motif on front cover, dull greyish blue topstain. Lacking a dustwrapper. No stains, marks or writings, tight and square copy. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on front free end page and very rare as such. 272pp. Hammett's Second published novel. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Photos available on request. $15,500. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 002020

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The Maltese Falcon: Hammett, Dashiell

Hammett, Dashiell

Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1931)

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Item Description: Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1931. 8vo. Later edition, seventh printing. Later edition, seventh printing. 8vo. Hammett to Bebe Daniels. An extraordinary association copy, inscribed by the author to the female lead of the first film version of his most famous and enduring novel: "For Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels with all good wishes - Dashiell Hammett. Hollywood, August, 1931." The 1931 film's reputation has been eclipsed by the 1941 John Huston version which starred Humphrey Bogart (the 1931 film starred Ricardo Cortez as Spade) and Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy. Daniels married actor Ben Lyon in 1930; the film was released in May, 1931 to very favorable reviews, and its success was a huge boost to Hammett's career. With the recipient's leather bookplate on the spine, some cloth spotting, front hinge cracked and partially mended, very good. Included is the orginal G&D dust jacket, as well as the two promotional wraparound bands, one of which features illustrations from the film with Bebe Daniels, the first Brigid O'Shaughnessy of the screen. In a custom clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 255745

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Maltese Falcon: Hammett, Dashiell

Hammett, Dashiell

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1930)

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From: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC (Laguna Hills, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Dashiell Hammett on a typed letter laid into the book. A spectacular copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First Issue dustjacket. This ORIGINAL sophisticated dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO chips or tears. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy in collector's condition SIGNED by the author. We buy Hammett First Editions with the ORIGINAL dustjacket. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-2901526386

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