Chandler, Raymond

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Price: $25,000.00

Place Published: Boston
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Date Published: 1954
Edition: First American Edition
Book Id: 2826


First Printing, one of 10,000 copies. Octavo (21.5cm); two-tone blue and light green cloth, with titles stamped in hunter green on spine and front cover; green topstain; dustjacket; [4],316pp. With presentation inscription by the author on the front endpaper: "To Harry Ackerman / with my best wishes / Raymond Chandler / La Jolla / June 22, 1954." Spine ends gently nudged, scattered spotting to topstain, with a hint of offset to front endpaper; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.00), showing wear to spine ends and corners, some minor creasing, and a few short tears; still a bright, unfaded example; Very Good+ or better. Housed in a custom clamshell case.


This copy inscribed to long-time CBS programming director Harry Ackerman, who was responsible for creating the radio series based on Chandler's iconic private detective, "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe." Meant as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show, "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe" premiered on NBC Radio on June 17, 1947, initially starring actor Van Heflin as Marlowe; the show ran for two and a half seasons (114 episodes) before being cancelled in 1951. Chandler and Ackerman would also work together in Los Angeles, collaborating on a number of television projects based on Chandler's work. A significant copy; while Chandler was more than sparing when it came to inscribing copies of his books, the present copy was inscribed for someone with whom he had a significant working relationship. The apex of 20th century detective fiction, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1955, and basis for Robert Altman's 1973 film starring Elliott Gould and Sterling Hayden. Bruccoli A10.2.a; Hubin, p.76; Baird 447.

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