Philo Vance Murder Cases: The Scarab Murder Case, The Kennel Murder Case, The Dragon Murder Case
Author: S. S. Van Dine [PSEUD Willard Huntington Wright (1888-1939)] inscribed
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Place: New York
1037 pages with frontispiece, drawings, illustrations, photographs and plates. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's beige cloth with black lettering to spine and cover in original pictorial jacket. Inscribed sheet by the author laid in. (Firsts: Volume 14, number 9, page 32. First omnibus edition.
This omnibus edition, published after Garden, collects three of the earlier titles: Scarab, Dragon and Kennel Murder Cases. More importantly it also contains several essential articles, both by and about Willard Huntington Wright, including his "Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories." Also included are several "portraits" of Philo Vance from the serialization of the novels in periodicals, and a motion picture studio portrait of William Powell as Vance. this copy has a inscribed leaflet: To Harry F Crouss Yours for bigger and better crimes! S S Van Dine.
Inscribed sheet by the author laid in. Jacket with minor rubbing to edges, few scratches else near fine in like jacket.