S. S. Van Dine. The Benson Murder Case. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. First edition. Octavo (7.375 x 5.125 inches; 188 x 131 mm.). [2], [xiv], 348, [4, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine and front board lettered and ruled in red; in original later-state dust jacket mentioning The "Canary" Murder Case and The Greene Murder Case, flaps 4.5 inches wide, priced $2.00. Binding lightly soiled; spine lettering lightly dulled; lower edge of boards very lightly worn; corners of front board slightly bent. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Dust jacket rubbed; spine panel very faintly darkened; lower edge of rear flap toned with several short closed tears; a couple light diagonal creases to rear flap; edges somewhat worn, particularly at the crown, with occasional short closed tear. Still, very good or better. The first Philo Vance mystery. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Basis for the 1930 Frank Tuttle Film starring William Powell in his third turn as Philo Vance. From the KoKo Collection.

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