(n.p.): c. 1980s - 1990s (?). 1st Printing. Bifolium, housed in larger wrappers. Small bifolium inside (wine list) and two other pieces of ephemera related to the novel "The Maltese Falcon". Menu wrappers with full page/full color illustration by San Francisco artist Dennis Ziemienski. Some smaller illustrations throughout. Menu: 16" x 9". Plasticized card stock, full color illustrated wrappers held together by a blue cord tie. White, thick paper leaves printed in black. Wine list is coated in black ink to the outer wrappers, printed in a silvery-gray with illustration of a falcon to upper wrapper. Internally the wine list is printed in black ink. Both pieces of ephemera are loose leaves (one folded to make a 4 pp. bifolum) paper, printed in black. One is white, on is a light tan. Overall, a VG copy. Some rubbing to the edges, corners lightly bumped. The cord tie is a bit frayed. Some foxing to head and tail of the menu, small inscription to head of the first page of the menu, otherwise bright and clean. Wine list with faint soiling and age toning. Ephemera items with some age toning (more so to the tan sheet). Nonetheless a nice copy of this little menu collection. Item #48639
This menu is inscribed by Elisha Cook, Jr. (1903 - 1995) who played Wilmer in the 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon. The inscription reads "Sally & Joe - Best - Elisha Cook".
"John's Grill is a historic restaurant in San Francisco, California at 63 Ellis Street. The restaurant is famous, in part, thanks to the novel The Maltese Falcon [by Dashiell Hammett]. On the climactic final night of the novel's plot, detective Sam Spade dines on chops, potatoes, and tomato at John's Grill after coming into possession of the falcon." [wiki].