First edition of Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler.
Octavo, 275pp. Red cloth, title in blue on spine and front cover. Stated “first edition” on copyright page, with no additional printings listed. Solid text block, top edge dyed blue, faint toning to rear endpapers, a near fine example. In publisher’s first state dust jacket, $2.00 retail price on front flap, wear to corners, faint sunning to spine, a vibrant, near fine example. Housed in a custom black cloth clamshell. (Johnson, The Dark Page, p. 60)
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) was a popular American-British crime and mystery writer. All but one of his seven novels have been made into movies, including Farewell, My Lovely which was adapted in 1942, 1944, and 1975.