"A Man Called Spade": first appearance in The American Magazine, July 1932
Price: 275.00 USD
Springfield, OH: Crowell Publishing Company, 1932. First appearance of the Dashiell Hammett short story, "A Man Called Spade," in the July 1932 issue of The American Magazine, a monthly publication featuring fiction, articles, and illustrations. Hammett's story is illustrated by Joseph Clement, and the author receives a front cover credit. The first of three magazine appearances of private detective protagonist Spade. Spade made his debut in Hammett's 1930 novel, "The Maltese Falcon," and made three subsequent magazine appearances in short stories. The three Same Spade short stories were first collected in the 1944 digest, "The Adventures of Sam Spade and Other Stories," published by Mercury. Other contributors to the issue include Octavus Roy Cohen, Beverly Smith, Archibald Rutledge, Courtney Ryley Cooper, Everett Rhodes Castle, and more, with art by Saul Tepper, Weldon Trench, C. Peter Helck, Harvey Dunn, and more. Cover art by John E. Sheridan. Approximately 8.5. x 11.5 inches, perfect bound. Very Good, with a moderate chips to the wrappers, an owner label, brief ink annotations on the rear wrapper and first page. Layman A11.1.a., C 122.