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* SELECTED LETTERS OF DASHIELL HAMMETT 1921-1960 Edited by Richard Layman with Julie M. Rivett; Counterpoint: 650 pp., $40 * THE RAYMOND CHANDLER PAPERS Selected Letters and Nonfiction 1909-1959 Edited by Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane; Atlantic Monthly Press: 268 pp., $25 May 6, 2001 By DICK LOCHTE, Dick Lochte writes the regular "Mysteries" column for Southern California Living "Hammett was the ace performer," wrote Raymond Chandler in his frequently quoted 1944 essay, "The Simple Art of Murder."
IX-1 Spanish Blood Cleveland & New York: World, . The first hardcover appearance of the five short stories contained herein? X-1 The Little Sister, London: Hamish Hamilton, . Red cloth, printed in gold on spine; front and rear coves blank. Issued in a pictorial dust wrapper. Note: The first printing was published June 24, 1949. the copyright page states, "First published in Great Britain, 1949 / by Hamish Hamilton, Ltd" with the printer's slug.
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A couple of weeks ago I brought home a beautiful set of five hardback Raymond Chandler books, reissued with their original early Hamish Hamilton covers. I showed them to my friend and we sat there for a few minutes, just admiring them. “I did them all by myself,” I said.