New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1945. Paperback. 288pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Very good. The covers are subtly rubbed and creased. There is a single letter written in pen on the front cover. A large portion of the top fore edge corner of the first page has been torn out. Browned pages. Item #36484
A Dell Novel. Dell 1341. 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.'"