FIRST EDITION OF BEAT THE DEVIL
HELVICK, James. Beat the Devil. Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott, (1951). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $1500.
First edition of this novel, which was adapted by Truman Capote and John Huston into the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones.
“Crooks and adventurers and two lovely women in a racy, witty story of tension and excitement.” The 1954 movie version of Beat the Devil is a cult favorite and “has come to define the genre of spy movie spoofs” (American Movie Classics).
Faint glue residue to front endpapers. Bright dust jacket near-fine.