Paris: Denoël, 1954. First French Edition. True first edition of the French crime fiction duo's third novel, preceding the British edition by two years and the American by three. Basis for the iconic 1958 film noir Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes. Not only is Vertigo widely recognized as Hitchcock's masterpiece, it is also routinely cited by AFI and Sight and Sound as one of the greatest films ever made. Surprisingly underrepresented institutionally; OCLC locates just three holdings in the U.S. Hubin, p.39. Item #1357
First Impression. Octavo (17.5cm); photo-illustrated wrappers; 222,pp. Wrappers lightly rubbed at extremities and joints, mild erasure to faint pencil notation at upper left corner of rear wrapper, a few minor stress creases to covers and several vertical ridges along the spine; a solid Very Good+ copy.