“Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning": First edition of Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat in the Rare Original Dust Jacket

  • Tortilla Flat.
  • Tortilla Flat.
  • Tortilla Flat.

Tortilla Flat.


Item Number: 88945

New York: Covici-Friede Publishers, 1935.

First edition of Steinbeck’s first commercially successful book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown. Illustrated by Ruth Gannett. An exceptional example.

Set in Monterey, California, Tortilla Flat tells the story of a small band of paisanos who resist the the corrupting tides of honest toil in favor of a life of adventure. It is the story of Danny, who, home from the war, inherits two houses which at once become a haven for his friends and lovers, not unlike the chivalric order of King Arthur and his court, the Knights of the Round Table. It deals with the band's adventuring, multiple loves and wonderful brawls, and Gargantuan wine-drinking. "An utterly unprecedented sort of book, and hard to analyze in its unique charm" (Virginia Kirkus).

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