Nov 17, 2020 - Sale 2551

Sale 2551 - Lot 243

Price Realized: $ 6,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
VAN DINE, S.S. The Benson Murder Case. 8vo, original red-stamped black cloth; dust jacket, corners narrowly clipped retaining $2.00 price, "Dec 17 1926" inkstamp to front flap, creasing to folds and flap edges, spine panel sunned with rubbing to tips not affecting lettering, moderate overall shelfwear, few short closed tears and two cellotape repairs on verso at head of spine panel; Charles E. Lauriat booklabel to front pastedown. First edition in the rare first issue jacket without the blurbs on the rear flap and only additional title mentioned is "The 'Canary' Murder Case." Includes plain card with gift inscription by the author laid in loose: "To / A. Laura Murray [underline] / With the compliments / and best wishes of / S.S. Dine." The first Philo Vance mystery and Willard Huntington Wright's first novel written under the S.S. Van Dine pseudonym. William Powell starred in the 1930 screen version. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926