Miss Howard and the Emperor
London, Collins, 1957. The first American edition. Inscribed by Maurois to Lillian Hellman in 1958: "This book (a friendly gift of Arthur Cowan) is also the homage of my deep and sincere admiration for the great lady playwright." The story of Napoleon and his mistress, given to Hellman from the author, as a gift of the man who would help Hellman gain control of Dashiell Hammett's literary properties after Hammett's death. Boards a bit splayed and cloth splitting at joints; moderate foxing to text block; a good copy in a very good dust jacket with a couple edge tears and a tiny chip at the spine. [#023258] SOLD

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