8vo. Original yellow cloth lettered in black (endpapers renewed, spine slightly soiled, bottom edge rubbed); original pictorial dust jacket with corners clipped as issued and "$2.50" price present (verso lined with Japanese tissue, repairs verso to flap folds and edges, restored with portions recolored and some work in facsimile). Provenance: Popular Fiction Lending Library (stamp on top edge partially effaced).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF STEINBECK'S FIRST BOOK, with the McBride imprint and "First Published, August 1929" on copyright page. In binding variant 1 with the unstained top edge and retaining the final blank. One of only approximately 2,500 copies of Steinbeck's scarce first novel, published right before the stock market crash, which tells the story of the life of pirate Henry Morgan. Goldstone & Payne A1a.