The Swift Hour
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Date Published: Circa 1940
Book Id: 36468
240pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. Good. The covers are creased. There is a 3/4" tear in the bottom edge of the front cover. Slight spine slant. The blue text block edges have faded. The covers have just come a little unglued at the point where they attach internally to the text block, however the text block is still firmly attached to the binding. Browned pages.
A Dell Romance. Dell 141. Map Back. Numerous well-known authors had their books reprinted as Dell Map Backs such as Rex Stout, David Dodge, Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett. According to William H. Lyles, author of Putting Dell on the Map: A History of the Dell Paperbacks, "Dell achieved more variety than any of its early competitors. It did so, at first, with an instantly identifiable format of vibrant airbrushed covers for its predominantly genre fiction, varying 'eye-in-keyhole' logos, maps on the back covers, lists of the books' characters, and 'tantalizer-pages.'"