"Too Many Have Lived": first appearance in The American Magazine, October 1932
Price: 275.00 USD
Springfield, OH: Crowell Publishing Company, 1932. First appearance of the Dashiell Hammett short story, "Too Many Have Lived," in the October 1932 issue of The American Magazine, a monthly publication featuring fiction, articles, and illustrations. Hammett's story is illustrated by J.M. Clement (illustrator of the first Spade story in the July 1932 issue). The second 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 Frank R. Kent, Kathleen Norris, Harold Titus, Tom Gill, Clarence Budington Kelland, Charles S. Slocombe, William S. Langford, and more, with art by F.G. Cooper, Thomas J. Fogarty, Warren Baumgartner, Paul Meylan, and more. Cover art by Penrhyn Stanlaws. Approximately 8.5. x 11.5 inches, perfect bound and side-stitched. Very Good plus, with an owner label, faint toning and foxing, tiny tears, and a slight roll. Layman A11.1.a., C 123.