New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1945. Paperback. 192pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The edges of the text block have the publisher's blue stain. Good. The covers and spine are rubbed and creased. There are tears at the top and bottom edges of the covers along the folds of the spine. The longest tear is 1 and 1/2 inches long. Former owner's ink stamps on the insides of the covers. The first and last pages have a previous owner's ink stamps and several short pen marks. The pages at the very end have very small, light moisture stains. The top fore edge corners of pp. 121-134 are dog-eared. Browned pages. Item #36564
A Dell Book. Dell 362. Map Back. Cover painting by Bob Meyers. 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.'"