by Raymond Chandler
Houghton Mifflin, 1954
Bound by Eric Alstrom
Dimension: 8 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ x 1 3/8″
Description: A first edition with original cover but no dust jacket was used for this binding. Full black leather hollow-back binding utilizing original sewing structure. Gray, red, blue and yellow leather onlays for title and Los Angeles cityscape; treated leather onlay for moon on back cover. Author and title laser-printed directly onto the leather. Gray leather endbands. Gray Hahnemuhle Ingres endsheets with black leather hinge. Top edge trimmed and colored with gray acrylics (all other edges untrimmed). Slip case is made from the original cover with leather edges and black Asahi cloth.
Artist’s Statement: I wanted to make this binding reflect the modernistic feel of the 1950s with the bold title and angled lines and lettering. Los Angeles and its environs plays such a prominent place in the novel, I put an abstracted profile of the city on the front cover with the city rolling out to the surrounding hills on the back cover. The angled lines is reminiscent of a movie searchlight hovering over the city. A dim, distant moon hangs over the city since so much of the action takes place during the nighttime hours.