The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett 1930 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition A sharp, near fine, first edition of Hammet’s cult mystery novel which set the standard by which all subsequent detective fiction would be judged. Featuring Sam Spade, Hammett's famous detective and the virtual prototype of the "tough-guy" private investigator. Basis of the film noir classic starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Peter Lorre.

‘A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime.’

His fingers tore the wad apart and then he had the foot-high figure of a bird, black as coal and shiny where its polish was not dulled by wood-dust and fragments of excelsior.
  References: Layman, Return of the Thin Man, A3. Cooper & Pike; Detective Fiction, 156-160. Listed in Modern Library's Top 100 Novels [1998]. Penguin Random House, web.

Octavo (19.6x13.7cm), pp. [12] 267 [1 (publisher’s note)] [4]. In publisher's grey cloth, spine lettered and decroated in black and blue, front board with single black line border enclosing vignette of falcon, publisher’s device blocked in black to rear board, top edge trimmed and tinted blue, other untrimmed.
  Condition: Near fine, some light marks to cloth, some inevitable toning to the spine but lettering and decoration remain sharp,and no tears to the cloth.   Ref: 109904   Price: HK$ 19,000