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HAMMETT, Dashiell.

Red Harvest.

New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1929 Stock Code: 134723
£32,500.00
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First edition, first printing, of Hammett's landmark first book, inscribed by the author, "Billy Greer Hobson, keep a notebook and pencil - the story of the other fellows' crime pays. Dashiell Hammett", in blue ink on the second blank. The recipient was William Greer Hobson (1924-1996), a bookseller from Phoenix, Arizona, whose father founded Hobson's Bookstore. William Greer Hobson took on the running of the shop in the 1940s; this copy has his adult bookplate to the front pastedown.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth with yellow skull and crossbones to front cover and titles blocked in black and yellow to spine. Housed in a custom cloth solander box.

Illustrations

Title printed in orange and black with skull-and-crossbones vignette in orange.

Condition

San Francisco bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Spine faded and minimally cocked, slight rubbing to extremities, touch of wear to very tips, a couple of small marks to cloth; a very good copy.

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