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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE THIN MAN.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE THIN MAN.

London : Arthur Barker, (1934). First British edition. "I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street ..." - his last novel - Prohibition, Nick, Nora and Asta the dog - the basis of the wonderful William Powell and Myrna Loy movies.
Crown 8vo (178 x 112mm). 284,[ii]pp. Bound in a handsome recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt (by Bayntun-Riviere); all edges gilt; striped Japanese paper endleaves; a very attractive copy.

£850

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE AND OTHER STORIES.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE AND OTHER STORIES.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1944). First edition. A collection of seven short stories previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Bestseller Mystery B50. "All the Hammett books of short stories are important, but without question the cornerstone is The Adventures of Sam Spade" - Queen's Quorum 98.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original wrappers - a design by George Salter in brown, black and white; a little rubbed; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 11.

£125

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1945). First edition. A collection of four stories previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Bestseller Mystery B62.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original wrappers – a design by George Salter in blue, black and white; a little worn and creased; slight tear to title-page; text tanned, but a good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 13.

£40

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE CONTINENTAL OP.

New York : Dell Publishing Co., [1946]. Second edition. A collection of four stories, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Originally published by Lawrence E. Spivak the previous year - but here enlivened with some fine cover art by Gerald Gregg (1907-1985) in his distinctive airbrush style and and the Dell 'mapback' of the streets of downtown San Francisco. Dell Mapback 129.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). 192pp. Original pictorial wrappers in a design by Gerald Gregg; some minor wear and slight creasing; tiny nick to upper wrapper and opening leaves; a good copy.

£20

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE RETURN OF THE CONTINENTAL OP.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE RETURN OF THE CONTINENTAL OP.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1945). First edition. A collection of five short stories (including "The Whosis Kid") previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Jonathan Press Mystery J17.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a design by George Salter in red, blue, yellow, black and white; some very minor wear; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 14.

£100

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : HAMMETT HOMICIDES.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : HAMMETT HOMICIDES.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1946). First edition. A collection of six short stories (four featuring the Continental Op, including "The Girl with the Silver Eyes") all previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Bestseller Mystery B81. "Who doesn't read him misses much of modern America" (Dorothy Parker).
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 128pp. Original wrappers - a design by George Salter in green, grey, black and white; very lightly rubbed; text a little tanned; neat erasure from upper wrapper, but a good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 15.

£50

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : DEAD YELLOW WOMEN.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : DEAD YELLOW WOMEN.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1947). First edition. A collection of six short stories (including four featuring the Continental Op) previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Jonathan Press Mystery J29.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial wrappers - a design by George Salter in green, red, yellow, etc.; very slightly rubbed; faint crease to upper wrapper; text just a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 16.

£75

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : WOMAN IN THE DARK : MORE ADVENTURES OF THE CONTINENTAL OP.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : WOMAN IN THE DARK : MORE ADVENTURES OF THE CONTINENTAL OP.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, [1952]. First edition. A collection of seven short stories (including three Continental Ops) previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Jonathan Press Mystery J59. The 1951 copyright date in the book is erroneous, and the book was in fact published on 18 July 1952.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 128pp. Original stapled pictorial wrappers – a design by George Salter in blue, yellow, green, etc.; a little minor wear; slight tanning to edge of wrapper; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 20.

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE DASHIELL HAMMETT STORY OMNIBUS.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE DASHIELL HAMMETT STORY OMNIBUS.

London : Cassell & Co., (1966). First British edition, originally published in America earlier the same year as "The Big Knockover". Eight Continental Op short stories, the novelette "The Big Knockover", and a chapter from the unfinished novel, "Tulip" - none of which had previously appeared in hardback form. Edited and introduced by Lillian Hellman. A review copy, with the publishers' slips loosely inserted.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xxii),356,[ii]pp. Original black boards, lettered across spine in silver; top edge a little spotted; a few slight marks, but a very good copy in the original red, white and black dust-jacket - lightly rubbed, a touch sunned, slightly nicked, and a little marked on lower panel.

£40

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