New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1940. Paperback. 240pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The text block edges have the publisher's blue stain. Good. The spine and covers are creased and lightly rubbed, and the laminate on the covers is a bit chipped. The blue on the text block edges has faded. The spine is heavily rolled. Several dog eared page corners. The text block is just starting to pull away from the insides of the covers, however it is still holding. Browned pages. Item #36565
A Dell Western. Dell 120. Map Back. The intricately rendered scene-of-the-crime representations on the back of the Dell Map Backs made them popular and collectible. 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.'"