PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
STEINBECK, John (1902-1968). Sea of Cortez. New York: Viking Press, 1941.
Thick 8°. Original green cloth; dust jacket (a few tears at edges, light wear at extremities). Provenance: Bob Kriendler (presentation inscription from the author); Carol G. and William E. Simon (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY STEINBECK on the half-title: “For Bob Kriendler whom I didn’t even know was a collector – Many thanks John Steinbeck. New York 1946.” Bob Kriendler was a member of the family of legendary founders of the “21” Club. While a student at Rutgers, he became a doorman at the Club and because he had an interest in writers, he persuaded Jack Kriendler to institute a policy of stocking books written by illustrious author-customers. Bob eventually amassed a large collection of inscribed books, most of which he donated to his alma mater. (See H. Peter Kriendler, “21”: Every Day was New Year’s Eve, 1999, p.69). Goldstone and Payne A15b.