New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First Edition. Chandler's second novel, a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone title. Basis for Edward Dmytryk's film noir Murder, My Sweet (1944), starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Anne Shirley, as well as the 1975 adaptation starring Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe. Bruccoli A2.1.a; The Dark Page, Vol.1, pp.60-61; Hubin, p.75. Item #2466
First Printing, one of 7,500 copies. Octavo (19.25cm); orange cloth, with titles stamped in blue on spine and front cover; dark blue topstain; dustjacket; , 275, pp. Base of spine gently nudged, mild rubbing to lower board edges, with three small spots to right edge of textblock, and a few faint stains to margins of pp.126-27 and 148-49; topstain is bright and unfaded; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), with a vertical fold and sunning to spine panel; wear along spine ends and flap folds, rear panel slightly dusty, with a few closed edge tears; verso of front flap shows several penciled dates contemporary with time of publication, erased by a previous owner; a half-dozen small spots of touch-up to front and spine panels; Very Good+.