The Set-Up became a bestseller on publication, going through numerous early printings, and was later adapted into the 1949 Robert Wise film noir of the same name, although Wise chose to eliminate the poem's racial commentary by making the main character white. This limited first edition, handsomely illustrated by Alexander King, is signed and hand-numbered by March on a limitation page at front. Limited edition of 275 signed and hand- numbered copies, of which this is No.
Octavo 6.5 x 10 in. Patterned paper boards backed with tan cloth; paper spine label printed in red. About near fine, with mild bumping to the top corners and moderate shelfwear resulting in some splitting and loss of paper at the tips and along the bottoms of the boards. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Lacking the original publisher's slipcase.
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