New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. First Edition. Chandler's third novel, set largely in Pasadena, with a complex plot involving counterfeiting, blackmail, and the theft of a rare and valuable American coin. Basis for John Brahm's 1947 film noir The Brasher Doubloon, starring Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis, Roy Roberts, Fritz Kortner, and George Montgomery as Philip Marlowe. A superior copy. Bruccoli A3.1.a; Barzun & Taylor 733; The Dark Page, Vol.1, pp.66-67. Item #5126
First Printing, one of 6,500 copies. Octavo (19.75cm); light brown cloth, with titles stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [x],240,pp. The Florence & Edward Kaye copy, with their gilt-stamped morocco bookplate mounted to front pastedown. Housed in a custom clamshell case. Some offsetting to pastedowns and endpapers from binders glue, else Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), with some pinpoint wear to extremities, else Fine and unrestored, without the usual sunning to the spine panel. Housed in a custom half-morocco clamshell case.