Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler 1940 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.

Chandler's follow up to The Big Sleep. The second work featuring Philip Marlowe, but the first to make it to the big screen, with unconventional hero Dick Powell in his first leading role in an action film, directed by Edward Dmytryk for RKO Radio Pictures and released in 1944 as Murder, My Sweet.
  Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 -1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler’s detective stories often starred the brash but honourable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler’s novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America.

Reference: Bruccolii,
Raymond Chandler: A Descriptive Bibliography, A2.1.a. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. The Dark Page V1, 60. Penguin Random House.

Octavo (19.4 x 13.2 cm). pp. [8] 275 [1] [1 (note on the type)] [3]. In publisher's pinkish orange smooth V-cloth, spine and front board lettered and stamped in blue, publisher's device stamped in blue on the rear board, top edge stained blue. Dust jacket priced $2.00 net to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, very light rubbing to corners and edges, in very good plus dust jacket, wear to corners and spine ends, minor toning to spine and rear panel, rubbing along folds, with 2mm spot of loss to rear fold.   Ref: 109081   Price: HK$ 39,000