New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. First American Edition. Chandler's fourth novel, basis for the 1947 film noir directed by Robert Montgomery, who played the role of Philip Marlowe alongside Audrey Totter and Lloyd Nolan. Bruccoli A4.1.a. Item #1718
First Printing, one of 6,000 copies. Octavo; lime green cloth, with titling and rule stamped in dark green on spine and front panel; dustjacket; 216pp, . Gentle sunning to spine, with a hint of offset to front endpaper, else Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, gently spine-sunned, and without loss; a few short tears [apparently] professionally mended on verso, with with one long tear (and attendant creasing) extending from crown to center of rear panel similarly mended; minor, skillful touch-up along same at upper spine; just Very Good, though retaining significant shelf appeal.