Lot 15 of 519:
3 by Raymond Chandler  

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Three titles by Raymond Chandler

Chandler, Raymond

Various places


Various dates


3 volumes. Includes:

  • The Big Sleep. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. 277, [1] pp. Orange cloth. Second printing before publication.
  • Farewell, My Lovely. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. 275, [1] pp. Pinkish-orange cloth, lettered in blue. First Edition.
  • Playback. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958. Cloth, dust jacket. First American Edition, Second printing.

Chandler's scarce first book, The Big Sleep, introducing the world to the famed private eye Philip Marlowe. This second printing before publication is virtually identical to the first printing, except for the statement on the copyright page "First and Second Printing before Publication/ Published February 6, 1939." Also, Farewell My Lovely, the author's second book. The second Philip Marlowe mystery novel, later adapted for film and released as "Murder, My Sweet" in 1945. Bruccoli A2.1.a. Playback was the final appearance of Philip Marlowe. Bruccoli A11.2.a

Lot Amendments

Staining to cover of Farewell, slight lean and soiling to spine, offsetting to endpapers, light toning to pages; Fading to spine of The Big Sleep, slight lean to spine, offsetting to endpapers; Playback with wear, chips, and stains to dust jacket, slight lean to spine, some toning; overall very good.

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