Np. 1950. none. Setting copy of an important novel, the actual hand corrected typescript, with hundreds of changes, corrections, deletions and additions, signed twice (“Mickey” and “M. S.”) and dated “9–27–50” (the book was published in 1951). Complete in 251 pages (rectos only), with 7 pages of preliminaries, and 244 pages of novel numbered 1–3, 5–240, plus 5 inserted pages. Some corrections are in the hand of a proof reader, or type setter, but Spillane’s deletions are substantial and his own changes and corrections are considerable (found on nearly every page), and all are in his own handwriting. Usual signs of production rites, but very good. Rare. Prominent in its clique. Full morocco case. itself scarce in a ne dustjacket, as are proofs, but what we’re offering is both unique, and geometrically greater, the complete manuscript from which the book was actually typeset and printed, and these days noir manuscripts of such magnitude and vintage, are usually not within my (your) frustrated reach, at any price. Very good. Item #114
Spillane wrote in a distinctively blunt narrative prose, with no attempt to make his reader giggle like an Asian princess. Beginning in 1947 he achieved early and immense popularity, wrote steadily for 25 years, took a 12 year break in 1972, then returned to fame with a new generation in 1984. One Lonely Night is a mystery, written at the summit of his energy and imagination. It features his impudent Mike Hammer (4th book in the Hammer series), in a furious spy thriller with more ins and outs than a ddler’s elbow. The plot is charged by a surfeit of violence, love, hate, sex, deceit, sadistic crime, corrupt politics, moral ambiguity, and national peril, following a case that sets Hammer (as the angel of death) against an American cell of Communist agents (anticipating 007 and his license to kill by 3 years) in the earliest days of the cold war, when everyone assumed (based on every precedent) it would heat up lethally at any moment.