Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. One of 7,500 copies. Publisher's red-orange cloth, stamped in dark blue to boards and spine, top edge stained black; in the original red, blue, and white dust jacket. A very good copy with a touch of wear to the extremities, spine a bit faded, light foxing to prelims and final blanks, rear hinge starting and with some glue residue, p.  with a 2" x 4" abrasion near the bottom of the page where it appears a sticker may have once been affixed, not affecting text; in a very good unclipped dust jacket, toned to spine and with a bit of wear and tiny chips to extremities, spine panel with a small circular stain and a one-inch closed tear about three inches up from the bottom edge and a half-inch chip to the bottom, affecting the first three letters of "Knopf", verso of spine panel with a bit of tape residue a couple inches below spine head, faint dampstain to rear panel. Overall, an attractive copy that presents well. Bruccoli A2.1.a Farewell, My Lovely is the second novel to feature Chandler's hard-boiled detective character Philip Marlowe. Unlike Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op and Sam Spade, who are widely considered the archetypal hard-boiled detective figures, Marlowe possesses a sensitivity underneath his tough exterior that distinguishes him from similar detective characters in the genre. Regardless, Isaac Anderson declares in his 1940 New York Times review that "the appeal of 'Farewell, My Lovely' is in its toughness, which is extremely well done." Notably, Farewell, My Lovely has been adapted into three films: The Falcon Takes Over (1942), Murder, My Sweet (1948), and Farewell, My Lovely (1975). A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone.