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The Big Sleep by  Raymond Chandler - Signed First Edition - 1945 - from Bookbid Rare Books (SKU: 107903)

The Big Sleep

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The Big Sleep

by Chandler, Raymond

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Knopf -- Black Widow, 1945. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. First Black Widow edition inscribed by Chandler to the director John Houseman. "For John Houseman with the somewhat insufficient excuse that I forgot to murder him. Ray. 5.13.45." Chandler and Houseman began as English schoolyard compatriots and eventually went on to collaborate infamously ont he film "The Blue Dahlia" by rushing to complete the script before its star, Alan Ladd, entered military service. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket has some tape on inside. Comes in a custom-made case clamshell case with leather spine and gold tooling and lettering.

Synopsis

The Big Sleep is a crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first in his acclaimed series about hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe. The work has been adapted twice into film, once in 1946 starring Humphry Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and again in 1978 starring Robert Mitchum. The story is noted for its complexity and is heavily influenced by classic Greek tragedy, with many characters double-crossing each other and many secrets being exposed throughout the narrative. -

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Bookseller
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Bookseller's Inventory #
107903
Title
The Big Sleep
Author
Chandler, Raymond
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity-available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Knopf -- Black Widow
Date Published
1945

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Bookbid Rare Books is a rare book dealer located in Beverly Hills, California. The family run company has sold modern literary first editions and children's books for over 20 years. Member of ABAA, ILAB.

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inscribed
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