SERENADE. James M. Cain.


New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937. First Edition. Cain's second novel, a hard-boiled story involving a down-and-out opera singer, a wealthy musicologist, and a Mexican-Indian prostitute. Hubin, p.61. Item #3631

First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); black vertical-ribbed cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in silver on spine and front panel; red topstain; purple and red variant dustjacket (one of three, with no established priority); [viii],314,[2]pp. Spine ends gently nudged, else a fresh, Fine copy, with the topstain bright and unfaded. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.50), gently spine-sunned, with light wear to extremities, and a few tiny tears; shallow loss to upper rear joint, with a 1" tear to upper front joint, with corresponding old tape residue on verso; Very Good+.

Price: $350.00

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