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0532 A Purple Place for Dying

July 31, 2020
Purple Place For Dying, A - US PB 1978 FGM 0449138798 97804491387983 $1.50 Ron Lesser
  • Title: A Purple Place for Dying
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1977/1978
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 1-3879-8
  • ISBN-10: 0449138798
  • ISBN-13: 97804491387983
  • Cover Price: $1.50
  • Cover Artist: Ron Lesser
  • Author of: Condominium


We’ve seen this artwork before here, back in the early days of this blog. When Lemon hit the big time, Fawcett redesigned the entire catalog to capitalize on MacDonald’s new-found popularity. The unifying theme was JDM’s name in the new fat, funky font, which we see here. Gone is McDermott’s iconic Travis McGee portrait, along with any background at all.

Well, I didn’t say it was better. I just said it was new. Still, if I’m going to break with years of tradition and be honest, I will say it has a certain clean look to it. This cover was used for the 19th, 20th, and 21st printings.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a paperback version of A Purple Place for Dying printed in 1955 by Fawcett as Gold Medal 1-4219-1 (ISBN 0449142191). I am almost identical to the image above but my cover price is $1.95.

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