New York: Dell Publishing Company, Circa 1948. Paperback. 191pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Illustrated wraps. The edges of the text block have the publisher's blue stain. Good only. The covers and spine are age-toned, rubbed and creased. There are a couple pieces of tape across the spine and surrounding areas of the covers. There are several small, light moisture stains on the edges of the text block. Slight spine lean. There is a small loss from the fore edge of p. 7/8. Browned pages. Item #36567
A Dell Book. Dell 378. 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.'"