New York: Random House, 1939. First Edition. Wonderfully INSCRIBED by the author to actor Paul Muni's wife: "For Bella Muni / Dear Bella / Early in our acquaintance, I reckoned my obligation to you in the terms of light-years / But lately I've lost count and given up. / Sincerely / Max."
From the collection of Otto Penzler.
After debuting at the English Theatre in Indianapolis in October 1939, the production moved to Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre for the 1939-1940 season. Subsequently it became the basis for the seminal 1948 film noir of the same name, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogard and Lauren Bacall.
About Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket, with a few minor nicks and tears along the top edge, and some fading to the spine titles (common to this book).