• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 125

    STEINBECK, John. Saint Katy the Virgin. Mount Vernon, New York: The Golden Eagle Press for Covici-Friede, 1936.

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    STEINBECK, John. Saint Katy the Virgin. Mount Vernon, New York: The Golden Eagle Press for Covici-Friede, 1936.

    12o. Original gold cloth-backed patterned boards of gilt and orange, uncut (very slight rubbing to extremities); red cloth slipcase.

    FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 39 of 199 copies signed by Steinbeck and issued as a Christmas gift for "Friends of Covici-Friede." In a letter from January 1938, Steinbeck wrote a friend, "You know I had nothing at all to do with the printing or distribution of the St. Katy book. I have only one copy of it... [and] really don't know where you can get a copy but I have heard they are rare and expensive..." Christmas sentiment announcing the publication of Of Mice and Men laid-in. Goldstone & Payne A6a.


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