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STEINBECK, John (1902-1968)
[The Dustbowl Trilogy, comprising:] In Dubious Battle; Of Mice and Men [First Issue]; The Grapes of Wrath
New York: Covici Friede / Viking Press [through 1939], 1936. First Edition. A superb set of the Dustbowl Trilogy, Steinbeck's epic Depression-era paean to the lives of dispossessed tenant farmers and migrant agricultural workers, all excellent First Printings. Dubious: Crown 8vo (203 x 128mm): 349,[1]pp. Publisher's tangerine cloth, spine ruled in red and titled in black, top edge stained red; original, unrestored pictorial dust jacket, priced $2.50. Fine (clean throughout and tightly bound; upper corners of covers lightly bumped); about Fine jacket, (several miniscule closed tears but no nicks or chips, spine unfaded, light quarter-sized stain to front panel). Goldstone & Payne A5b. Morrow 45. Hanna 3342. Baird 2334. Coan, p. 76. Mice: First Issue, with "and only moved because the heavy hands were pendula," lines 20-21, p. 9, and bullet between the eight's on p. 88, one of only 2500 copies (in subsequent printings, p. 9 was reset and p. 88 appears without the bullet). Chosen as a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, accounting for the many copies now on the market in clipped "unpriced" dust jackets, masquerading as the genuine article. Crown 8vo (187 x 118mm): 186pp. Publisher's beige cloth, spine and upper cover lettered within orange title block between thick black rules, top edge stained blue, pictorial dust jacket printed in black and priced $2.00. A spectacular copy, square, tight, clean, unmarked and probably unread, marred only by fading of blue top-stain (only traces of blue remain); about Fine jacket, completely free of tears and edge wear, but spine panel lightly su … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd [U.S.A.]
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