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HAMMETT, Dashiell.

The Thin Man; [together with:] Dashiell Hammett Omnibus.

Alfred A. Knopf, New York , 1934 & 1935 Stock Code: 129166
£27,500.00
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First editions, first printing of Omnibus, third printing of The Thin Man. Presentation copies, both inscribed on the front free endpaper jointly to the husband and wife screenwriting duo Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Goodrich and Hackett co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Hammett's The Thin Man, produced in 1934; written in three weeks and filmed in 18 days, the film was an overnight sensation. This success is alluded to by Hammett in his inscription of The Thin Man: "For Albert and Frances, who Hunting over dale and Dyke, gave it to millions where I only gave it to Eddie Knopf's brother. Gratefully, Dashiell Hammett. Beverly Hills, Calif Nov. 14. 1935". Hammett is punning on the names of the producer and the director of the film, Hunt Stromber and W. S. Van Dyke, respectively, while the brother of the film director Eddie Knopf was the book's publisher, Alfred Knopf. The copy must have been presented to the couple in their capacity as employees of the film company MGM and thereafter held by them, as MGM's library stamp is on the front endpaper, with residue from the library plate removal. The Omnibus is likewise inscribed in the same theme: "To Frances and Albert - and am I sorry nobody's made them adapt these! Dashiell Hammett, Hollywood July 31. 1935". This copy was held by the duo, with Frances Goodrick's bookplate to the front pastedown. Overall, excellent and charming association copies.

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Description

The Thin Man: Original light green cloth, titles and decoration to spine in red and blue, front cover with red outer frame enclosing blue mask, top edge dark red. Omnibus: Original green cloth, spine and front cover lettered in blind and orange, top edge red. Both housed in a custom black cloth folding chemise within black half morocco slipcase, black cloth sides, twin red morocco labels.

Condition

Spines lightly sunned, very slight wear to extremities, a few trivial marks to cloth. The Thin Man with a few pencilled marginalia and annotations, light abrasion to fore-edge. Omnibus with a few instances of faint finger soiling, top corner of pages lightly creased. Both very good copies.

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