Lot 57 of 327:
John Steinbeck To a God Unknown rare first issue  

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To A God Unknown

Steinbeck, John

New York

Robert Ballou



Pale green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained black, pictorial dust jacket and endpapers by Mahlon Blaine. First Edition, First Issue.

First issue, with Robert O. Ballou imprint on jacket, spine and title page. Steinbeck's scarce third book, one of 598 bound and sold as the first issue (of 1,498 copies printed). The remaining sheets were sold to Covici, Friede, and issued under their imprint in 1935. Printed jacket price ($2.00) listed towards the bottom of the front flap. Goldstone-Payne A3.a; Merle Johnson, p. 473.

Lot Amendments

Toning and wear to jacket, with some small chips and closed tears to edges, some foxing to rear panel, cloth with sunning to edges and spine, rubbing to spine gilt, light spotting to text block edges, volume leaning; about very good.

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