Lot 3
  • 3

Chandler, Raymond

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • ink and paper
The Lady in the Lake. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943

8vo. Publisher's light green cloth, stamped in dark green; endpapers browned. Original illustrated dust-jacket; spine faded; some minor edge wear. In a quarter-morocco slipcase.


Bruccoli A4.1.a 

Catalogue Note

A presentation copy of the first edition, sweetly inscribed on the first free endpaper: "For my Sweet and Lovely Louise, who is not at all like any of the ladies in this book. / Ray / La Jolla, Sept 30, 1956." The recipient was Chandler's neighbor in La Jolla with whom he had a close and open friendship, though to date no evidence has surfaced to suggest a more intimate relationship.