London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949. [Thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.256. Publisher's red cloth, gilt titles to spine, pictorial dust-jacket designed by C.W. Bacon, priced at 8s. 6d. net. Contents and binding very lightly marked. Jacket with a little rubbing and wear, spine almost imperceptibly sunned. Overall an attractive copy of a book that is notoriously difficult to find in truly collectable condition. The classic Philip Marlowe novel. This English first precedes the US first printing by three months. Item #52327
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