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“THE FIRST FLIGHT OF A FINE WRITING TALENT”: SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF STEINBECK’S SECOND BOOK, PASTURES OF HEAVEN

STEINBECK, John. The Pastures of Heaven. New York, 1932.

First edition, first issue, one of a scant 650 copies sold, of Steinbeck’s lyrical and incisive portrait of the verdant heart of California and its people—“points the way to most of his subsequent writing”—in scarce original dust jacket. $18,000.

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“I THINK A GOOD SCRIPT IS COMING OUT OF IT. I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED”: RARE NOVEMBER 4, 1949 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY STEINBECK TO FILM PRODUCER DARRYL ZANUCK, TOGETHER WITH THE “SHOOTING FINAL” SCREENPLAY OF VIVA ZAPATA!, AND RELATED EPHEMERA

(ZANUCK, Daryl) STEINBECK, John. Autograph letter signed. With Viva Zapata Screenplay. New York, 1949, 1951. Three items.

November 4, 1949 autograph letter signed by Steinbeck to film producer Daryl Zanuck, reporting Steinbeck’s optimism at the progress of his original screenplay for the film Viva Zapata!, Steinbeck’s letter in this rare collection with a May 16, 1951 original final shooting screenplay for the film, which premiered in 1952 starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan, with Steinbeck’s Oscar-nominated script hailed as a “towering achievement… unquestionably his finest work in the genre,” housed together with ten loose leaves of facsimile documenting Steinbeck’s legal contracts on the film with Twentieth Century-Fox Film, in a handsome custom folding chemise and half morocco slipcase. $8000.

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“SOME OF THE BEST WRITING STEINBECK HAS DONE”

STEINBECK, John. The Long Valley. New York, 1938.

First edition of Steinbeck's "second and arguably best collection," an anthology of 13 stories—ten appearing here in book form for the first time—along with the first publication of "Flight," the first public issue of "St. Katy the Virgin" and the first collected printing of Steinbeck's beloved novella, The Red Pony, signed by John Steinbeck. $7200.

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“THEY DO THESE THINGS BETTER IN FRANCE”

STEINBECK, John. The Short Reign of Pippin IV. New York, 1957.

First edition of Steinbeck's whimsical satire, warmly inscribed to Barbara Wolferman, the assistance casting director on the 1955 musical adaptation of Sweet Thursday ("Pipe Dream)": "For Barbara—'They do these things better in France' said Uncle Toby. And they do these things better in me—With love John Steinbeck." $5800.

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