New York: Viking Press, 1945. UNCORRECTED PROOF, preceding the First Edition. Copy belonging to noted designer Isabel Roberts, with her name in holograph pencil on the first leaf. Roberts was a key creative member of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park Office during the first two decades of the twentieth century. A rare Steinbeck item, the first appearance of this novel in print.
Very Good in tall, plain brown perfect bound wrappers, with a dark yellow title label in manual type as issued. Slight lean, small chip at the heel, some splitting at the bottom of the front fold. The label is complete, with a small splash near the bottom right corner.
Morrow 171. Goldstone and Payne A22a. Ahearn APG 024a.