February 2022 Catalogue

“I’ll Be Ever’where—Wherever You Look. Wherever They’s A Fight So Hungry People Can Eat, I’ll Be There” 45. STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York, 1939. Octavo, original pictorial beige cloth, dust jacket, custom cloth clamshell box. $15,000. Click for more info First edition, first issue, of Steinbeck’s most important novel, his searing masterpiece of moral outrage and “intense humanity,” winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize. “It is a long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum… Steinbeck has written a novel from the depths of his heart with a sincerity seldom equaled” (Peter Monro Jack). First issue, with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on front flap of dust jacket. Goldstone & Payne A12a. Salinas Public Library, 29. Bruccoli & Clark I:354. Book near-fine, with only slightest soiling along front joint. Dust jacket bright and beautiful. A lovely copy in very nearly fine condition. “Fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe.” February 2022 – 46 – Bauman Rare Books