PHANTOM LADY. William Irish, pseud. of Cornell Woolrich.


Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1942. First Edition. Pseudonymous novel by Cornell Woolrich, first serialized in the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly. A waking nightmare of a novel: "A man quarrels with his wife, goes out and picks up a woman in a bar, spends the evening with her, and comes home to find his wife dead and himself accused of her murder. All the evidence is against him and his only hope is to find the woman who was with him when his wife was killed. But she seems to have vanished into thin air, and everyone in a position to know...swears that no such woman ever existed" (Pronzini & Muller, p.398). A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title, and basis for Robert Siodmak's 1944 film noir of the same name, starring Alan Curtis, Franchot Tone, and Ella Raines. Hubin, p.214; The Dark Page, Vol.1, pp.290-291. Item #4189

First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); teal cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine; orange topstain; dustjacket; [8],9-291,[1]pp. Hint of foxing to front endpaper, else Fine, with the topstain bright and unfaded. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with light wear to extremities, a few faint production creases to lower front panel, and a few tiny tears; Near Fine.

Price: $4,750.00