• “It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone": First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Winter of Discontent; Inscribed by Him

    Steinbeck, John .

    The Winter of Our Discontent.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1961.

    First edition of Steinbeck’s final novel, which along with The Grapes of Wrath are considered his masterpieces. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Betty Beecher, with all the best John Steinbeck Sag Harbor 1961.” The photograph of Steinbeck on the rear panel of the dust jacket is by William Ward Beecher (the husband of Betty) who has signed his name on the rear panel. Also laid in is a small clipping from the brown wrapping paper in which the book was shipped, in the author’s handwriting “From John Steinbeck Box 1017 Sag Harbor NY.” Some light dampstaining in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. Lettering by Jeanyee Wong. Photograph by William Ward Beecher. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentations copies of Steinbeck’s masterpiece are rare.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • “There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon": First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Pearl; Inscribed by Him

    Steinbeck, John.

    The Pearl.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1947.

    First edition of this classic story of simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Bob Kriendler with best wishes John Steinbeck.” The recipient was the owner of the legendary New York City landmark restaurant and speakeasy ”21”. Steinbeck was a frequent visitor to 21 and was friends with Kriendler. It has hosted every President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt except for George W. Bush has dined at 21 (although Bush’s wife and daughters have). Light rubbing to the bottom cloth and small bookplate, near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with Steinbeck looking to the left on the rear panel. Drawings by Jose Clemente Orozco. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.

    Price: $11,000.00

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  • "Our land is of every kind geologically and climatically and our people are of every kind also - and yet our land is one nation, and our people are Americans": First edition of Steinbeck's America and Americans; inscribed by him to fellow American author John Updike

    Steinbeck, John (John Updike).

    America and Americans.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1966.

    First edition of Steinbeck’s final book. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated, cartographic endpapers. With 136 pages of photographs, 24 in full color by 55 of the most prominent American photographers of the era including Ansel Adams, Sam Siegel, and Todd Webb. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For John Updike with admiration John Steinbeck.” American author John Steinbeck published his most notable works between 1937 (Of Mice and Men) and 1952 (East of Eden), and was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. One of the most prolific American authors from the early 1960s until his death in 2009, fellow recipient of the Pulitzer Prize John Updike identified Steinbeck as one of his literary heroes at a young age. Both writers’ works explored themes of crises related to faith, injustice, and family dynamics applied to small town ‘everyman’ protagonists. Both Steinbeck and Updike wrote in a realist tradition featuring their own distinctively rich and imaginative vocabulary and style of prose. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Christopher Harris. Photograph of Steinbeck to the rear panel by Paul Farber. An exceptional association linking two of the greatest writers of twentieth century America.

    Price: $18,000.00

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  • First Edition of Isak Dinesen's Anecdotes of Destiny; Inscribed by Her to Isak Dinesen

    Dinesen, Isak (John Steinbeck).

    Anecdotes of Destiny.

    New York: Random House, 1958.

    First edition of this classic collection of stories and the last to be published in her lifetime. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “John Steinbeck With love from Isak Dinesen New York 29.1.1959.” In 1959, Dinesen had been invited by the Ford Foundation to travel to the United States to read and discuss her work as part of a film series on “the world’s greatest living writers.” Despite her failing health—the frail seventy-four-year old weighed just 80 pounds she accepted the invitation. It was on this trip where she met John Steinbeck for cocktails and inscribed this copy. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A remarkable association, linking these two giants of twentieth century literature.

    Price: $7,800.00

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