Knopf -- Black Widow, 1945. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine / Near Fine. Item #107903
First Black Widow edition inscribed by Chandler to the director John Houseman. "For John Houseman with the somewhat insufficient excuse that I forgot to murder him. Ray. 5.13.45." Chandler and Houseman began as English schoolyard compatriots and eventually went on to collaborate infamously ont he film "The Blue Dahlia" by rushing to complete the script before its star, Alan Ladd, entered military service. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket has some tape on inside. Comes in a custom-made case clamshell case with leather spine and gold tooling and lettering.