"TIMSHEL!": EAST OF EDEN, SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY JOHN STEINBECK, WITH A LAID-IN TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY STEINBECK
STEINBECK, John. East of Eden. New York: Viking, 1952. Octavo, original green cloth, original acetate, original cardboard slipcase. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Signed limited first edition of Steinbeck's epic and moving story of a modern Cain and Abel, one of 1500 copies signed by the author, in original cardboard slipcase. Accompanied by a laid-in typed signed letter to an admirer explaining that he was unable to sign a book as it might get lost, but suggesting that the admirer clip the signature from the letter.
Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden, his masterful modern reworking of the tale of Cain and Abel, that it "has everything in it I have been able to learn about my art or craft or profession in all these years… I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this" (Salinas Public Library, 45). As a contemporary reviewer put it, "Steinbeck is never dull and, even if you miss his message, you'll not be bored. There is only one Steinbeck and no one writes about 'his people' as well" (W. Max Gordon). Goldstone & Payne A32a. Valentine 217. Bruccoli & Clark I:355. Accompanied by a typed signed letter, reading in full: "New York City, March 15, 1946. Dear Mr. Ramey: I have your letter of March ninth. Of course it is pleasant to me that you should want this book signed but I am not really set any place and it would not be a good idea to send the book to me. It might very possibly get lost. This has happened before and then I have been blamed for it. Much the safest thing would be for you to clip the signature from the bottom of this letter. Thank you for writing. Sincerely, [signed] John Steinbeck." With typed self-addressed stamp envelope from Hardin S. Ramey of Yukon, Oklahoma. Ramey's owner stamp on signed limitation page.
Book fine, edges of acetate chipped as often, only light rubbing to slipcase. A handsome signed copy, desirable with additional typed letter signed by Steinbeck.