Rediscovered: More Cap Shaw

A few days ago Brian Leno sent in scans of a book he has that comes from the library of famed Black Mask editor Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw — nothing less than the Hammett-edited Creeps by Night.

Today he sends in somewhat blurry (Leno is no techno-wizard) evidence of another book he has secured, this time one Shaw gave away as a presentation copy. Another primo item: the landmark 1946 anthology The Hard-Boiled Omnibus compiled by Shaw.

“Anyway,” Leno notes of his recent acquisition, “now I have a book he once owned, and a book he once gave away.”

Plus he landed a bonus item of ephemera with a little card requesting reaction to the book from the publisher, Simon and Schuster.

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