Travels with Charley.

“I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found": First Edition of John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley; Finely Bound by the Harcourt Bindery

Travels with Charley.



Item Number: 143469

New York: The Viking Press, 1962.

First edition of Steinbeck’s beloved cross-country narrative. Octavo, bound in full morocco by the Harcourt bindery, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt inner dentelles stamp-signed by the Harcourt Bindery, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition.

This much loved chronicle of Steinbeck’s rediscovery of America, published the same year he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, is “undoubtedly [his] most popular non-fiction work” (Gross Hayman, 50). On publication in 1962, New York Times reviewer “Eric Goldman wrote that Travels with Charley ‘is pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places” (Railsback and Meyer, 397). “What other writer of his time had been able to touch America’s soul in both the 30s and the 60s?” (Benson, 913). Goldstone & Payne A39. Salinas Public Library, 50. Valentine 262. Bruccoli & Clark I:356.

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