Hammett: Zobeck v. Otto

Just got a note from Terry Zobeck commenting on the auction of Hammett titles from the library of Otto Penzler.

Terry reports: “I lost out on that Red Harvest—I went as high as $70,000 but had to stop when my wife found me with the mortgage.”

(I think Terry is kidding, but can’t say for sure.)

“I’m not surprised it beat out the Falcon. As it is his first book there are fewer copies out there, especially in that condition, than the Falcon.

“I have copies of about everything that Otto had up for sale (including a Pru Whitfield letter), except for the UK editions, but not in that condition (I only have The Glass Key in jacket and it has an ugly chip out of the front panel).

“The stuff dreams are made of, indeed.”

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