London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949. [Thriller] FIRST EDITION, ADVANCE REVIEW COPY. 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. Some dustiness to edges, jacket with a few small nicks and tears, lightly soiled. Hamish Hamilton headed slip to flyleaf, with handwritten publication details, addressed to critic Caroline Alice Lejeune. Recent label noting provenance loosely inserted. The classic Philip Marlowe novel. This English first precedes the US first printing by three months. From the library of noted crime novelist, critic and broadcaster Anthony Lejeune [pseudonym of Edward Anthony Thompson, 1928-2018], son of respected film critic C A Lejeune (1897-1973), thought to be the first British woman in the profession. Item #54069
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