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.