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The Grapes of Wrath.

Published: New York: The Viking Press, 1939

Stock code: 100199

Price: £25,000

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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. He corresponded frequently with Steinbeck. He and his wife Mary were evidently involved in discussions about the book at the time of its composition, as Steinbeck sent them a postcard in September 1938 to announce his choice of title.

Octavo. Original tan cloth, titles to spine and pictorial design to boards in dark brown, music endpapers, top edge yellow. With the dust jacket. Housed in a dark red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Minor foxing to endpapers, one corner turned. Otherwise a fine copy in a bright jacket with lightly creased extremities, a few dark spots to edges of front and rear panel, a couple of short closed tears to front panel, and one minor tape repair to verso.

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