The Gracie Allen Murder Case, a Philo Vance Story

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Author: Van Dine, S. S. [PSEUD Willard Huntington Wright (1888-1939)]

Year: 1938

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons

Place: New York

Description:

227+[blank]+[6 ad] pages. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher's black-stamped yellow cloth to spine and cover in original jacket.  (Firsts Volume 14, number 9 page 31) First edition.

Developed out of a motion picture deal made with Paramount, Gracie Allen is an odd, truncated book, much shorter than the earlier series entries. It violates the format of the series, using a title with more than six letters in the central name. As a result, the last tow words of the title appear superimposed over the yellow index card on the dust wrapper's front panel and spine. The book is bound in yellow cloth--the only Vance not bound in black--and it is stamped in black. 

Condition: 

Soiled, corners bumped, some occasional internal fingering. Jacket edge wear with some closed edge tears, spine ends and corners chipped, front fold over flap slightly trimmed at edge else very good in like jacket. 

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