New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1940. Paperback. 224pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The edges of the text block have the publisher's blue stain. Very good. The wraps are subtly rubbed and creased. Slight spine slant. Browned pages. Item #36559
A Dell Book. Dell 456. Map Back. Cover painting by Robert Stanley. 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.'"