New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1940. Paperback. 240pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. Good. Covers mildly creased, and rubbed along the edges. There is a faint ink stamp on the top edge of the text block, and there is an ink stamp from a bookstore on the front free endsheet. The endsheets are abraded along the hinges. The text block is just beginning to pull away from the front cover, however it is still holding well. Browned pages. Item #36546
A Dell Book. Dell 119. 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.'"