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The Lady in the Lake
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1944. First UK edition. Yellow-orange cloth with red titles to spine, and original pictorial dustjacket. First published in the USA by Knopf in 1943, this first Hamish Hamilton edition in a jacket is even scarcer. One of Chandler's finest novels, very atmospheric and with some great supporting characters such as the laid-back but wise rural cop Patton. Condition details: Book is Very Good, with clean bright covers which have a little darkening to edges, some bumps to edges, and some lean. The pages are clean with darkened edges and some tanning -mostly to margins- but no foxing; one page has small light stain. Small tear to lower gutter of half-title. Neat date inside front cover corner: Xmas 1944, and small neat gift inscription on flyleaf in corner, with a nice period greetings sticker next to it in the corner. The jacket is Fair due to losses and creases, though the front design is mostly unaffacted and can be appreciated, and the jacket is clean. Largest loss is to front lower edge 4 x 3cm; other edges and spine top have small losses. Heavy creasing and tears to top front over part of title; spine is good with some heavy edge abrasions; back is good with light browning, creases and edge tears. Front flap has a large price clip. The tears have been repaired and strengthened inside with archival white paper fillets, and the whole jacket is now protected in an archival sleeve.. Very Good/Fair.
      [Bookseller: Michael Sweeney Books]
Last Found On: 2013-08-01           Check availability:      Biblio    


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