38. Cain (James M.) The Postman Always Rings Twice, first edition, original cloth, very light discolouration to spine, spine ends and corners slightly bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, head of spine very slightly frayed, small chips to upper corners, light surface soiling, but overall near-fine, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1934.
est. £1500 – £2000
A superb copy of the author's first book and a landmark in the develepoment of noir fiction. Adapted twice for film, in 1946 staring Lana Turner and John Garfield, and in 1981 staring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.