Good in Fair jacket. 8" x 5.5" [Mys-B]. 409 pp. Illustrated. Hardcover, bound in red cloth with dust jacket. Moderate shelf-wear: tips bruised, light spot on front board; pages are evenly age-toned; jacket has soling and a stain on the front panel with sunned spine, chips and creasing.
Good to Very Good/No Jacket. Spine cloth somewhat age darkened. Gilt lettering on spine a bit dulled. Endpapers yellowed. Front & rear gutters browning due to aging of the binders glue. Pages lightly, but evenly yellowed. Laid in as a bonus is a still photo of Lillian Hellman & Dashiell Hammet, from the publisher's promotion for "Hellman and Hammet, The Legendary Passion of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammet, " published by HarperCollins in 1996.
Very good. No dust jacket. Book Condition: very good. Crack to inside spine. Light foxing to a few inside pages, otherwise clean. sharp corners. Illustrated. DJ. Condition: No dj. Very slight shelf wear.
Good. No Dustjacket. 1942. First Edition. 347 pages. No dust jacket. Orange cloth with black lettering to sunned spine. Clean, bright and well bound pages with B&W photographs. Some minor foxing to page edges throughout, heavier foxing to end papers. Previous owners name to front end paper. Very good reading copy. Minor rub wear to boards and spine with small water and other marks to boards. Light sunning to edges of boards, heavy sunning to spine. Corners and spine ends bumped lightly.
Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-xiii [xiv] xv-xviii [1-2] 3-409 [410-412: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], seventeen inserted plates, cloth. First edition, first printing with "(1)" at base of text on page 409. The first book about detective fiction as a literary form to be published in the United States. A landmark study. "An extremely thorough and sensible treatment of its subject."-Barzun and Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (1989) 4316. Gold lettering on spine panel tarnished, a very good copy in poor chipped and soiled dust jacket. (#64082)
HAYCRAFT, Howard. MURDER FOR PLEASURE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE DETECTIVE STORY. Illustrated. NY: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1941. 8vo., red cloth with gilt-stamped titles; 409 pages. First Edition, first printing, with "(1)" on the last page of the text. One of the major classic studies of the detective-fiction genre. Very Good (little wear & soil; contents clean & tight, minor browning endpapers). $25.00.
VERY GOOD COPY WITH NO D.J. A LIBRARY DISCARD WITH MINIMAL MARKINGS WITH A VERY NICE LIBRARY BINDING WITH WHITE SPINE TITLES AND NO EXTERNAL LIBRARY MARKS. A VERY NICE CLEAN AND TIGHT COPY OF THIS LANDMARK STUDY OF THE DETECTIVE GENRE WITH A LOT OF SERVICEABLE MILES LEFT ON IT.
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