First American edition of The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler.
Octavo, 316pp. Green and blue cloth, title stamped in green on spine and front cover. First printing with no additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, slight wear to edges, a near fine example. In publisher’s dust jacket, $3.00 retail price on front flap, closed tear along front flap fold, minor professional restoration to bottom edge of jacket, a near fine example. Housed in a custom red cloth clamshell case with marbled interior.
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 The Long Goodbye which was adapted in 1973. In 1955, this novel was awarded the Edgar Award for Best Novel and is considered by Chandler himself to be his “best book.”