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CHANDLER, RAYMOND. The Big Sleep. 8vo, publisher's blue cloth stamped in blind and gilt; dust jacket, small chips and corresponding creases to spine panel tips, occasional light dampstaining and soiling, short closed tears and corner nicks; Richard and Gertrude Flournoy bookplate to front pastedown; preserved in custom 1/2 morocco drop-back case. New York: Knopf, (1945)
first black widow thriller edition, inscribed by the author: "For Dick Flournoy from Ray Chandler. Mar 18, 1945. As one rabbit to another." Richard Flournoy was a screenwriter who wrote the Loretta Young and Brian Aherne mystery/comedy A Night to Remember among other films.