Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Macdonald short story collection

Date: 06 Jan 2008

Hi Jeff,

I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know, but on the remote chance this is not the case, you might want to try checking out Buckingham Books. They specialize in first and early editions of several different literary genres. The URL is:

In addition to a copy of the book you designed, I also have a copy of the 1971 Bantam paperback edition, which lists the second edition as March 1955.

I hope some of this helps. Good luck!


Quoting jeffwong_ny <>:

> Hi - My name is Jeff Wong. I am a longtime Ken Millar/Ross Macdonald
> fan and collector. My name may ring a bell for some of you:
> I "designed"* and illustrated the cover for Crippen & Landru's
> definitive collection of Lew Archer short stories, THE ARCHER FILES,
> which came out last year (it was a dream come true).
> I'll be happy to discuss Millar's writing here, but, I was hoping to
> reach out to the list to solve a book collecting mystery that has
> been plaguing me for over 20 years; I suspect a good many of the
> readers and participants here also happen to be book collectors, so,
> I am appealing to that contingent. I hope my post is not out of line.
> I'm desperately trying to find the 1955 2nd printing of THE NAME IS
> ARCHER from Bantam Books. In Matthew J. Bruccoli's excellent
> bibliography from Pittsburgh University Press, he noted the existence
> of this book, but, had not examined a copy (I've been in touch with
> him, but, he can't recall at this late date the circumstances of his
> noting this entry). He may have assumed its existence based on
> Bantam's printed history in the 1966 edition of THE NAME IS ARCHER,
> which is listed as the 3rd printing. A paperback dealer friend thinks
> he may have seen or handled a 2nd printing, but, isn't 100% positive.
> The literary executor of the Millar estate has never seen a copy.
> Has anyone here ever come across a 2nd printing of Bantam 1295? If it
> exists, it's possible it was a Canadian printing, but, research
> suggests it would more likely have been an American printing. I may
> in fact be chasing a ghost. Any help or leads would be much
> appreciated.
> *I use the term "designed" loosely, as I mainly aped the original
> Bantam paperback's design with a tip of the hat to the original cover
> artist, Mitchell Hooks. If anyone is interested in the genesis of the
> cover design, my website has an entire section devoted to its
> creation:

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