Monday, June 13, 2011

RARE: "FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDS OF CRIME." Sewanee Review, 1946


McLuhan, Herbert M[arshall]. FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDS OF CRIME. Sewanee: Sewanee Review, 1946. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. An offprint from the magazine that precedes McLuhan's first published book, "The Mechanical Bride" by five years. A magisterial essay that traces the line of descent of the detective in literature from Machiavelli and Christopher Marlowe to Sherlock Holmes and Hammett's Sam Spade. McLuhan's controversial social theories of the Machine Age's pernicious effects on modern man are here teasingly foreshadowed. Since scholarly offprints are usually produced for the author's use in small quantities, this pamphlet may truly be described as rare. We have never encountered another. Printed wrappers. Fine. $2,500.00. Read more : http://www.ralphsipperbooks.com/mbooks.html

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