“TO DOROTHY, WITH LOVE. KEN”: EXCEPTIONAL PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF FAMED CRIME WRITER ROSS MACDONALD’S FIRST NOVEL, ISSUED WITH HIS BIRTH NAME OF KENNETH MILLAR, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM TO HIS SISTER-IN-LAW
(MACDONALD, Ross) MILLAR, Kenneth. Dark Tunnel. New York, 1944.
First edition of the first novel by Macdonald, famed for his Lew Archer series, presentation/association copy inscribed by him to his sister-in-law, Dorothy Schlagel, "To Dorothy, with love, Ken," with her owner signature opposite. When Macdonald was struggling with his first Lew Archer novel, Moving Target, Dorothy offered him the quiet of her home when she was at work, and again when he wrote The Way Some People Die. An exceptional rarity, the first inscribed copy we have encountered. $38,000.