The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Date Published: Circa 1945
Book Id: 36513
240pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Very good. The covers are mildly rubbed and creased, and the laminate of the covers is just beginning to peel away along the edges. Minor spine slant. The hinges are mildly abraded. Browned pages.
A Dell Book. Dell 256. Map Back. The intricately rendered scene-of-the-crime representations on the back of the Dell Map Backs made them popular and collectible. 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.'"