THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Geoffrey Sainsbury, novel, translation.


New York: Ives Washburn, Inc., 1957. First American Edition. The French crime fiction duo's third novel, preceded by the French edition (Denoël, 1954) and the English (Hutchinson, 1956). Basis for the iconic 1958 film noir Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes. While the American edition follows its UK counterpart, well-preserved copies are considerably scarcer; the bulk of the run seems to have made its was chiefly into public and lending libraries, with the surviving copies we've seen prone to heavy wear and serious fading. Hubin, p.39. Item #4663

First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); powder gray paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in hunter green on spine; dustjacket; [6],7-191,[1]pp. Trivial wear to spine ends, else a fresh, Fine copy. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.75), lightly edgeworn, with a faint trace of sunning to spine, a few closed tears and attendant creases, and a brief ink notation in a tiny hand on front flap; Very Good+.

Price: $1,000.00