Out of Control
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Date Published: Circa 1945
Book Id: 36537
236pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Very good. The spine and covers are mildly rubbed and creased. There are multiple small moisture stains on the edges of the text block. The text block is cracked at the beginning, however the binding is still sturdy. Browned pages.
A Dell Book. Dell 376. Map Back. A Duncan Maclain Mystery. 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.'"