Book Description

first edition, small closed tear to top of title and dedication pages
Dealer Notes
A lovely copy of a book considered to be one of the first , if not the first, “hardboiled” murder mystery. This is seemingly a first issue, as the copy sold at Swann Auctions 12 May 2011 for $8,400, and a subject of an article in the November 2009 issue of Firsts Magazine (pages 12-14) also had green cloth. The Otto Penzler Copy (his sale, Heritage Auctions New York, 6 March 2019, lot 45028, sold for $10,625) also had green cloth. Some claimed first editions on the market have brown cloth.
Daly was the king of the pulp magazines story with his violent, fast-paced thrillers. The Snarl of the Beast introduces private eye Race Williams, the first hardboiled detective and prototype for all that followed him.
Author Daly, Carroll John.
Date 1927
Binding dark green cloth, lettered on spine and upper cover in red, top edge red
Publisher New York: Edward J. Clode
Condition VG+

Price: £100.00

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