11 October 2002
STEINBECK, John. The Winter of our Discontent. New York: Viking Press, 1961.
8o. Original dark blue buckram; pictorial dust jacket and publishers printed outer acetate jacket. Provenance: Leonard Lyons, New York gossip columnist (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, ADVANCE LIMITED ISSUE, one of 500 copies specially bound in buckram for private distribution prior to publication. PRESENTATION COPY, HUMOROUSLY INSCRIBED BY STEINBECK on the front free endpaper: "For the Lyonses with the very best of--good Lord! It is hard isn't it? John Steinbeck." After Walter Winchell, Leonard Lyons was probably the most widely read New York gossip columnist of the Forties and Fifties. He paid Steinbeck the tribute of never mentioning him in print without first permitting the novelist approve the copy. This was Steinbeck's last novel, set in a seaside village modelled on Sag Harbor, Lond Island, where Steinbeck lived the final years of his life. Goldstone and Payne A38a.
SEE LOT 372 FOR ADDITIONAL STEINBECK ITEM.
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