29 June 2005
STEINBECK, John (1902-1968). Tortilla Flat. New York: Covici Friede, 1935.
8o. (A few minor stains to end pages.) Illustrated by Ruth Gannett. Original tan cloth (very pale dampstaining); pictorial dust jacket (a few pale stains, otherwise fine); quarter morocco slipcase with blue morocco and vellum onlay duplicating the image from the dust jacket.
FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY STEINBECK on the front endpaper. One of 4,000 published, this copy has the "May 28, 1935" stamp on the front endpaper. The movie rights to the book were purchased, and a film was produced in 1942 starring Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr and John Garfield. Goldstone & Payne A4b.
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