The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York in February 1930.

First Edition

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First edition, first printing of one of the most influential detective novels, Hammett’s third novel – The Maltese Falcon. The work published in February 1930 by Alfred A. Knopf, NY, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask, September 1929 through January 1930 issues, has been adapted several times for the cinema.

The story is told entirely in external third-person narrative, without any description of character thoughts or feelings, relying instead on what they say and do, and how they look. “When his partner is killed, Sam Spade, private detective, is suspected—but he sets out to get what he wants, leaving a trail of murders and crime in his wake, despite the San Francisco police.” (Publishers’ Weekly, Feb. 15, 1930, p.873).

Original light gray cloth covered boards, stamped with a dark blue-gray falcon within black single rule frame on upper cover, spine stamped in black and gray blue, blue stained top edge, and lower board with Borzoi Books imprint in lower right corner.

First edition, first issue dust jacket, price clipped, with summary printed on front flap instead of blurbs as seen in later printings, and including rear panel advertisement of Hammett’s two previously published novels, Red Harvest and Dain Curse available at stated $2.00 price. Dust jacket split in 2 places with loss at the head and tail of the spine. Pages intact, absent tears, creases, or markings; some foxing, very slight stain on the cover.


Published by: Alfred A. Knopf

Location published: New York

Year published: 1930

Edition: First Edition


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