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Lost Stories by Dashiell Hammett:
Deluxe limited collector's edition

limited edition of Lost Stories is housed in a hand-made slipcase

Dashiell Hammett, the bestselling creator of Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon, and The Thin Man, was one of the America's most entertaining authors, and one of its most influential. Even so, many of Hammett's stories—including some of his best—have been out of the reach of anyone but a handful of scholars and collectors—until now.

Lost Stories rescues 21 long-lost Hammett stories. For several stories, this is the first book publication. For all but five, this is the first hardcover publication. All stories have been restored to their original versions, replacing often-wholesale cuts with the original text for the first time. For each story, Hammett researcher Vince Emery tells how Hammett's life shaped the story and how the story affected his life. Emery's comments reveal surprises about Hammett's life not covered in any other book.

To round out this celebration of Hammett, three-time Edgar Award winner Joe Gores has written an introduction describing how Hammett influenced literature, movies, television, and Gores' own life. Joe, who passed away in 2011, credited the impact his introduction had on the Hammett family with persuading them to change their minds and give him the permission to write Spade & Archer, the prequel to The Maltese Falcon.

Deluxe collector's edition:
♠ Copyright page stating "FIRST EDITION; Publication date March 2005; Limited to 195 signed, numbered copies; Precedes trade hardcover edition"
♠ Limited to 195 hand-numbered copies
limitation page signed by Joe Gores and Vince Emery
♠ Signed by Joe Gores and Vince Emery. We signed these in San Francisco on March 19, 2005, just after we attended the ceremony declaring 891 Post Street a National Literary Landmark (where apartment 401 was occupied by Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and by Hammett while he wrote that novel, Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, and most of The Glass Key). Joe and I went to a cafe two doors down Post Street, signed, and swapped stories. It was a great day for me as a fan of both Hammett and Gores.
♠ Housed in a hand-made custom slipcase with 4-color decorative onlays on front and back
spine of Saderra leather stamped in genuine gold
♠ Spine of Saderra leather stamped in genuine gold
♠ Front cover stamped in genuine gold
Gilt page edges
♠ Gilt page edges
♠ Special dust jacket
♠ Printed end papers display large facsimile of Hammett's signature
Endpapers with printed facsimile of Hammett's signature
♠ Extra-thick, heavyweight boards for spine and front and back covers
♠ Printed on paper that complies with the ANSI/NISO standards for the Permanance of Paper for Publications and Documents for Libraries and Archives as well as the ISO standard Information and Documentation—Paper for Documents—Requirements for Permanence

8 illustrations, 38 photographs; 352 pages, $149.95, ISBN 0-9725898-0-5.

This deluxe edition precedes the trade hardcover edition by several months, and thus is the true first edition of this book. It is without a doubt the most elegant, impressive first edition of a Dashiell Hammett book.

Note that this deluxe limited edition is NOT available for sale to the book trade from Independent Publishers Group (IPG).

To order your copy of the deluxe limited edition of Lost Stories, send a check or money order for $158.45 per copy ($149.95 plus $8.50 postage) to Vince Emery Productions, P.O. Box 460279, San Francisco, CA 94146 USA. If you live in California, please add $12.75 per copy for sales tax.

You can also order the deluxe limited edition from these two bookstores:

  1. M Is for Mystery
  2. The Mysterious Bookshop

Quantity discounts on the deluxe limited edition are available for purchases of 2 or more copies. For information about quantity discounts, please email vince @

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