New York City: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine / Near Fine. Item #011033
8vo., 271pp. Beautiful Stated First Edition bound in purple and white patterned boards with black decoration and titles. Square, tight and clean throughout with little or no interior toning or foxing. Minor wear to the spine ends. Top edge and white background of spine titles is mildly toned. Very attractive unclipped dust-jacket, ($2,75), has a touch of wear to spine ends and tips. A couple of tiny rubs to hinges and folds. Still fresh and bright with no chipping, creases or tears. Basis for the classic 1950 Noir film of the same title directed by John Huston and starring Sterling Hayden A very handsome collectable copy. (Hubin, p.58; Johnson, The Dark Page II, p. 18).