Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    S. S. Van Dine. The "Canary" Murder Case. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927. First edition. Octavo (7.375 x 5.125 inches; 188 x 130 mm.). [2], [xii], 343, [1, blank], [1, ad], [1, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth, spine and front board lettered and ruled in green; in restored original first-state dust jacket with the forthcoming Philo Vance title advertised as "The Taxicab Murder Case" on the rear flap, five-inch flaps. Spine just barely askew; spine lettering very faintly dulled; a very short closed tear to at each of the spine ends; three tiny divots to the front boards. Faint offsetting to both of the free endpapers; embossed ownership stamp to the upper margin of the title-page. Dust jacket rubbed; spine panel lightly browned; light tidemark at each of the flap folds; a few tiny interior holes; subtle restoration at the spine ends, fold edges and along the upper edge of the front panel. A near fine copy in a presentable sophisticated dust jacket. The second Philo Vance mystery. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Source for the 1929 film adaptation, starring Louise Brooks and William Powell, directed by Mal St. Clair and Frank Tuttle. From the KoKo Collection.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2017
    14th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 316

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 15 Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part III - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search