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STEINBECK, John.

Rare books by John Steinbeck, including first editions and signed and finely bound copies of Cup of Gold, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

John Steinbeck(1902–1968) grew up in Salinas, California, the setting for many of his novels. His summers spent working on ranches alongside mostly migrant workers formed the basis for much of his work.

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  1. [The novels and short stories.]

    [The novels and short stories.]

    First trade editions, first issues. A complete collection of the novels and short stories by the 1962 Nobel Prize winner for Literature: Cup of Gold, The Pastures of Heaven, To a God Unknown, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Moon is Down, Cannery Row, The Wayward Bus, The Pearl, Burning Bright, East of Eden, Sweet Thursday, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, The Winter of Our Discontent, and The Long Valley (which prints the remaining short stories). Learn More
    £9,500

    Date of Publication: 1929

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    Stock Code: 51799

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  2. Cup of Gold.

    Cup of Gold.

    A life of Henry Morgan, Buccaneer with Occasional Reference to History.
    First edition, first printing with the top stain and final blank. Steinbeck's rarest book. Only 1,537 copies of the first printing were issued and this one, with fresh cloth and the top-stain and jacket spine largely unfaded, is the best we have ever seen. A superb copy. Learn More
    £50,000

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 84781

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  3. To A God Unknown.

    To A God Unknown.

    First Edition, second issue with cancel title, one of 900 copies issued thus in the wake of the success of his subsequent novel, Tortilla Flat. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1933

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    Stock Code: 27592

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  4. In Dubious Battle.

    In Dubious Battle.

    First trade edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 90291

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    In Dubious Battle.

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 4 of 99 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116734

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Of Mice and Men.

    Of Mice and Men.

    First edition, first printing; first issue, with the words "and only moved because the heavy hands were pendula", line 20-1, p. 9; and the bullet to the pagination of p. 88, which were removed from subsequent printings. One of 2,500 copies printed. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 95499

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  7. The Red Pony.
    signed

    The Red Pony.

    First edition, one of 699 numbered copies on handmade paper, signed by the author, this being number 5. This copy is from the library of Steinbeck's sister, Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth, who died in 1992. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1937

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    Stock Code: 44795

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    First edition in play form, first printing. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 95221

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  9. Earthly Discourse.
    signed

    Earthly Discourse.

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "To John & Carol Steinbeck in sorrow for their un-social thought and behavior, ‘The Cats', Los Gatos California, November 11 1938". He has also autographed the frontispiece. Wood (1852-1944) was a writer, lawyer, and prominant supporter of radical causes, and Earthly Discourse is a collection of satirical stories in this vein. Learn More
    £1,400

    Date of Publication: 1937

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    Stock Code: 59244

    Signed: Yes

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  10. Of Mice and Men.

    Of Mice and Men.

    First edition, first issue with the words "and only moved because the heavy hands were pendula" printed as lines 20 and 21 on page 9, and bullet between the eights on page 88. The first edition was 2,500 copies. Learn More
    £2,200

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 61869

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  11. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.
    signed

    Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    First edition in play form, first printing. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a close friend on the front free endpaper: "For Guy G. B. Reedy, John Steinbeck". Steinbeck met Reedy when he moved to New York in the early 1920s; both men worked on the construction of Madison Square Garden. Steinbeck left after seeing a co-worker fall to his death, but the two remained close, and Steinbeck inscribed first editions of all his books for Reed. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114311

    Signed: Yes

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  12. The Long Valley.

    The Long Valley.

    First edition, first printing. A lovely copy of this collection of 12 short stories. Learn More
    £625

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 95337

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  13. The Long Valley.

    The Long Valley.

    First edition, first printing of this collection of 12 short stories. Learn More
    £985

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109697

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  14. The Grapes of Wrath.

    The Grapes of Wrath.

    Fifth printing. One of ten copies specially bound for presentation at the request of the author, with the presentation leaf left blank. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 88546

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  15. The Grapes of Wrath.

    The Grapes of Wrath.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 95965

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  16. The Grapes of Wrath.
    signed

    The Grapes of Wrath.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Louis and Mary in gratitude, John Steinbeck". Leroi Placet, known by his pen name Louis Paul (c. 1902-1970), was an American short story writer, and novelist. He won the O. Henry Award for short story authorship in 1934 and taught at Columbia University during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Learn More
    £25,000

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 100199

    Signed: Yes

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    The Grapes of Wrath.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115985

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  18. The Forgotten Village.

    The Forgotten Village.

    With 136 Photographs from the Film of the Same Name by Rosa Harvan Kline and Alexander Hackensmid.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 99584

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  19. The Wayward Bus.

    The Wayward Bus.

    First Edition, First Printing. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1947

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    Stock Code: 36325

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  20. Burning Bright. A Play in Story Form.
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 81687

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