Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, . First Hardcover Edition. First hardcover edition of Hammett's "novel" comprised of two stories ("The Big Knockover" and "$106,000 Blood Money") which first appeared in Black Mask in 1927. The Continental Op hunts down the vicious leader of a gang who robbed a San Francisco bank of several million dollars. An attractive copy of a cheaply-manufactured book, one which nearly always appears in inferior condition. Layman A9.2.b. Item #3752
First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm); simulated red cloth boards, with titles stamped in black on spine and front cover; red topstain; dustjacket; ,7-188,pp. Mild wear to spine ends, upper corners gently tapped (though still sharp), with tiny owner's rubber-stamp to title page; Near Fine. Dustjacket is lightly edgeworn and gently spine-sunned, with a small triangular chip to upper right corner of rear panel, contemporary price sticker to lower front flap, and two short tears tape mended on verso; Very Good+.