Burnett, W.R.

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Place Published: London
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Date Published: 1929
Edition: First UK Edition
Book Id: 2562


First Impression. Octavo (19.75cm); brick red cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and publisher's logo blind-stamped to rear cover; 288pp. Rubber-stamped name, address, and logo of Lincoln Mac Veagh / The Dial Press on front endpaper, with FILE COPY written in thick blue pencil just beneath. Sunning to spine, with fraying to spine ends, with a few neat splits to cloth along rear joint; hand-soil to covers, with minor board exposure to corners and a short tear to lower rear hinge; a Good to Very Good copy.


File copy of Burnett's first novel, retained by his American publisher Lincoln Mac Veagh / The Dial Press. This copy bears 30 holograph annotations (in ink) in an unknown hand, scattered throughout the margins of the 4pp glossary of contemporary street slang at the back of the book. The glossary does not appear in the American edition, likely included to acquaint British readers with American street slang of the period; presumably done in-house, the annotations are particularly insightful. An battered but interesting copy of the archetypal gangster novel, a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone, and basis for Mervyn LeRoy's 1931 pre-code crime film, starring Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Hubin, p.58; Pronzini & Muller, pp.101-102.

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