(San Francisco). July 25, 1976. 1st Printing. Bifolium housed in larger card stock wrappers, wine list - 4 pp. unnnumbered, plus eight slips. Illustrated throughout. Folio, 16" x 9". Menu: Black, plasticized card stock, with gold lettering, black cord tie. Wine list: Blue, self wrappers. Slips: One folded card stock slip, five single printed sheets, and two stapled packets. A VG/VG+ copy, menu has some age toning and soiling, edges rubbed, wrapper is torn at the spine (from tail to first hole punch), internally clean and bright. Slips are in NF condition. Item #45453
The first page of the menu has a piece titled "Stalking Sam Spade" by Fritz Leiber (1910 - 1992). Originally published in "California Living, The San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle - January 13 1974". The brief description that introduces this Lieber article is by Herb Caen (1916 - 1997) a beloved journalist of the San Franciscco Chronicle. The menu is signed by three people, William Nolan (author, "Dashiell Hammett, A Casebook") and Jack Kaplan (Pinkerton's, Inc.) - both spoke at the beginning of the event. The third signature is by Edward Shea who was listed no where on the program.
On the lower wrapper of the wine list has a brief history of Dashiell Hammett, mentioning his service in WWI and WWII as well as his writing.
There two copies of a slip titled "Pinkerton's, Inc". This describes the founding and early history of Pinkerton's, a detective agency that Mr. Hammett worked for in the 1920s. As noted in the history, Pinkerton's hired the first female detective in the nation - Mrs. Kate Warne.
A hand typed letter from Eugene F. Palmer (Asst. Vice President Regional Manager) and a copy of a newspaper article titled "The Eye: Hammett Room Now Has Falcon" are stapled together. The letter welcomes the Mystery Writers of America and the California Historical Society to a "nostalgic journey to the DASHIELL HAMMETT haunts". The article attached is from the Pinkerton "national company newspaper" that concerns former Detective Hammett.
A three page stapled document titled "Excerps from the Introduction by Lillian Hellman (1905 - 1984) to "The Big Knockover" by Dashiell Hammett". Lillian Hellman edited a collection of short stories by Hammett titled "The Big Knockover" published by Random House in 1966. According to Wikipedia: "Her introductory profile of Hammett was her first exercise in memoir writing." This excerpt is both funny, sad and tragic.
Also included with this menu are two copies of the schedule of events. Sights visitied include but not limited too St. Francis Hotel, 20 Monroe Place - Hammett's residence in 1924, Geary Theater, Samuels Jewelers, Flood Building - 870 Market (former Pinkerton's office was in room 414), 120 Ellis, Hammett's residence in 1921 after his marriage and the famous John's Grill.
And finally two small (business card size) slips. One printed on green paper that statees where to meet and how much tickets are. The other is card stock folded advertising John's Grill and The Maltese Falcon banquet room on the upper and lower wrappers, inside is a small map of the area surrounding John's Grill.