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THE DAIN CURSE (Presentation Copy of the First Edition)
New York: Knopf, 1929. Hammett, Dashiell. THE DAIN CURSE. New York: Knopf, 1929. FIRST EDITION of the author's second book. 8vo. A VERY GOOD copy (very slightly finger-soiled on the outer hinges and back cover but generally unworn) in an eye-appealing NEAR FINE original priced ($2.00) dust jacket (expertly restored by a master conservator). Superb PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by the author (ten days prior to publication) on the front flyleaf: To Raoul and Prudence Whitfield, this thing of no/doubtful/great importance. Dashiell Hammett. July 9, 1929." The words "No," "doubtful," and "great" are bracketed so the recipients can "choose" their adjective. An association copy of spectacular desirability. Raoul Whitfield was a fellow BLACK MASK pulp mystery author (300 published short stories and two novels) whom Hammett routinely met at bars in New York and San Francisco to discuss stories and career moves; his wife Prudence (who used to sit at these bars drinking while the men talked) became Hammett's lover (see Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921-1960 ed. Richard Layman, Counterpoint Press, 2001). Pru Whitfield had a tempestuous relationship with Hammett for an unknown number of years which later evolved into a lifelong friendship -- while Hammett was in the army, he wrote over 75 letters to her which confirms their closeness (these letters sold at Sotheby's in 1980).. Signed by Author. First Edition. Very Good/Near Fine.
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