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Dashiell Hammett | Red Harvest, 1929, first edition of the author's first book

Dashiell Hammett | Red Harvest, 1929, first edition of the author's first book

Dashiell Hammett | Red Harvest, 1929, first edition of the author's first book

Dashiell Hammett


Red Harvest. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929


FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, 8vo, original red cloth stamped in black and yellow, DUST-JACKET, creases to pp.221-222, minor scratches to cloth, slightly soiled dust-jacket frayed at extremities with some tears and minor loss


Please note that the last title listed on the lower flap is The Matheson Formula. This dust-jacket is not, therefore, a first issue.


Robert B. Parker, writing in Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (London, 1980) states "...Taken as a whole, and chronologically, the novels may be seen to speculate on the way a man should deal with disorder, on the things to which he should give allegiance. In Red Harvest, the Continental Op is motivated by what appears to be a work ethic. He finds Personville corrupt and he cleans it up for no better reason than that it's his job (though not his assignment)..."


LITERATURE

Layman A1.1.a


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The Alexis Galanos Collection

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