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    Black Mask V12#7 and #9 "Maltese Falcon" Group (Fictioneers Inc., 1929). The first and third installments of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon are in these two pulps, and V12#7 is the first-ever appearance of intrepid P.I. Sam Spade. Serialized in Black Mask in 1929-30, released in book form in 1930, and filmed three times in the decade that followed, The Maltese Falcon redefined many of the conventions of the detective genre. Sam Spade only appeared in this novel and three other short stories, yet is widely considered to be the prototypical hard-boiled private detective. Featured here are the September (GD) and November (GD/VG) 1929 issues. The lower half of the spine of the September issue has flaked away, otherwise the books are in solid condition with supple pages, and are definite must-haves for pulp collectors and fans of detective fiction alike. Approximate Bookery's Guide to Pulps value for group = $1,000.

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