New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1940. Paperback. 287pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Good. The wraps are subtly creased and a large portion of the lamination is detached from the covers. There is a large loss from the lamination of the front wrap. Slightly abraded along the front hinge. Browned pages. Item #36528
A Dell Book. Dell 245. 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.'"