Re: RARA-AVIS: Black Mask

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 08 Mar 2006

For $450 via (searches all online books for sale): Black Mask, February NY PRO-DISTRIBUTORS. 1930, First Edition. Good copy in pictorial pulp wrappers. (Faint dampsoiling to righthand edges of front cover & adjoining text which is age toned as usual. Bottom half-inch of spine chipped. Some edge tears at nap of covers) Features Dashiell Hammett's novelette "The Farewell Murder."

For $225, Black Mask, November NY PRO-DISTRIBUTORS. 1930, First Edition. Fair only copy in pictorial pulp wrappers. (Top & bottom of spine chipped. Bottom 20% of rear cover chipped. Some fairly small chips at edges of covers. Paper in text age toned as always) Features Dashiell Hammett's story "Death And Company." Also Raoul Whitfield & Horace McCoy.

for $1,250: Pro-Distributors Publishing Company NY 1935 First First edition. Pages browned and a little brittle, some small tears and nicks to the yapped edges, slight erosion at the base of the spine, a short tear to the first leaf, and a very faint dampstain at the bottom of the front wrap, else a very good copy of the January, 1935 issue featuring Chandler's novelette, as well as stories by Frederick Nebel, Erle Stanley Gardner, and George Harmon Coxe.

There are lots more. Joy

Jeff Vorzimmer wrote:
> As a starting point 20 cents in 1925 is worth $2.27 in 2006 dollars. There
> is an issue of Black Mask on eBay from 1925 with the Hammett story "Dead
> Yellow Woman" and has a Buy It Now price of $499 or best offer. So far,
> there are no offers. I suspect it is worth considerably less than that,
> though. The seller is selling it as is, so it can't be in stellar
> condition.
> There are actually four Black Masks from the 20s with Hammett stories in
> them in eBay stores at present, one of which has or had a price tag of
> $1199, but I think it ended unsold.

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