New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. first one-volume edition. A small plump octavo, containing three books: Red Harvest, The Daim Curse and The Maltese Falcon, with 270, 272, and 267 pages, which were first issued separately in 1929 and 1930. This copy has a narrow paper break at page 22-23, but is otherwise internally very good and without markings of any kind. It is bound in orange-stamped green cloth, which has a half-circle cup stain on the rear panel, and some wear to edges and the top of the spine, which is sunned and very slightly frayed. The book lacks its dustjacket, so this is a very good but not brilliant copy. Thanks to Knopf's typographic skills, the right weight of paper (that lies flat) and generous leading between the lines of type, the book gets an A+ for readability.
Oxford and New York: Bodleian Libary and Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. First editions. Small octavos. This is a set of two editions of the same P.D. James' title, her "illuminating exploration" of the detective fiction genre. The first copy is the signed limited edition published by the Bodleian Library at Oxford,160 pages, this one being # 13 of 450 signed copies in gilt-stamped red boards, dustjacket and pictorial slipcase. The second copy is the first North American Trade edition, published in New York by Knopf in 2009, viii, 198 pages, bound in tan and red boards and a different-design (American) dustjacket. Perfect, flawless copies. The pair:. OK.
New York: Ben Abramson, 1946. Octavo, 1-110, 111-240, 241-380pp. In the editor's preface, Edgar Smith writes "It is altogether fitting that Sherlock Holmes should be honored by the publication of a journal devoted to a critical analysis of his life and times". These primary issues of a classic publication contain notes and criticisms by Vincent Starrett, Christopher Morley, Anthony Boucher, Ellery Queen, Richard Armour, August Derlerth and dozens of others, with some illustrations and bibliographical notes in each issue. Volume I, Number 1 shows the most wear, with a detached front cover and chipping to the spine; the front cover to Volume I, Number 3 has a large chip lacking at the bottom outside corner. Oherwise, the three volumes are internally very good.These copies come from the estate of Deborah Benson, daughter of Ben Abramson, the journal's publisher, and are his own copies. The first three issues.