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STEINBECK, John.

The Grapes of Wrath.

New York: The Viking Press, 1939 Stock Code: 147551
£2,750.00
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Steinbeck's masterpiece, in the original dust jacket

First edition, first printing, of Steinbeck's masterpiece and one of the great American novels of the 20th century.

The fine jacket design is by Elmer Hader, known primarily as a children's book illustrator (she was joint winner with his wife, Berta Hoerner Hader, of the Caldecott Medal in 1948 for The Big Snow). Supposedly, Steinbeck was so taken with their book Billy Butter (1936) that he requested that Elmer Hader design the cover for The Grapes of Wrath; the illustrator went on to work on two other Steinbeck books, East of Eden (1952) and The Winter of Our Discontent (1961).

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Description

Octavo. Original buff cloth, spine lettered in brown, pictorial design to spine and covers in brown, endpapers decorated with the sheet music for Battle Hymn of the Republic, top edge yellow. With dust jacket.

Condition

Bookplate of James C. Sorensen to front free endpaper. A very good copy, light foxing to spine, edges, and endpapers, in the like dust jacket, not price-clipped, spine panel somewhat toned, spine ends and tips a little chipped, minor rubbing to extremities, front panel still bright.

Bibliography

Goldstone & Payne A12.

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