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Author John Steinbeck
Publisher Viking
Pub Date 1939
Edition 1st
Signed Inscribed
Printing First Printing
Condition Fine
Jacket Fine
Binding Hard

8vo. 619 pp. Bound in the original publisher's illustrated sand-colored cloth, with a deep burgundy line illustration of the Joad family looking toward the mountain range to the front cloth board and extending across the cloth spine and the rear cloth board. The title, the author's name, and the publisher's colophon stamped in deep, fresh burgundy letters to the cloth spine. In an absolutely fine original first state dustwrapper, with the publisher's original price intact to the upper right-hand corner of the front dustwrapper flap. An absolutely gorgeous copy in a spectacular dustwrapper. This copy was inscribed on the front free endpaper by John Steinbeck "For Jules and Joyce and also Joan, with love, John Steinbeck" and Steinbeck also drew his signature flying pig below his signature. Jules Buck (July 30, 1917 - July 19, 2001) was an American film producer and was the cameraman for John Huston's war documentaries ... and his best known camera work was for Huston's "The Battle of San Pietro". After World War II he settled near Los Angeles, where he assisted in the production of "The Killers" and "The Naked City". Buck and Steinbeck struck up a warm and close friendship when Buck assisted Steinbeck on Steinbeck's screenplay adaptation of his "Zapata". In 1945 Buck married actress Joyce Gates, and together they had one child, the journalist Joan Juliet Buck. Housed in a custom leather trimmed cloth slipcase. A stunning copy with an interesting provenance and association!


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