New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1945. Paperback. 255pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The edges of the text block have the publisher's blue stain. Good. The front cover is heavily rubbed and creased, and just a tiny bit soiled. The covers are also subtly age-toned. Browned pages. The top fore edge corners of the pages at the beginning are dog eared. Item #36563
A Dell Book. Dell 524. 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.'"