First Edition, First IssueJohn Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men. New York: Covici Friede, .
First edition, first issue. Octavo. 186 pages. The first issue printing consisted of only 2,500 copies.
Publisher's tan cloth with orange and black stamping. Correct first issue points with a bullet between the "8"s on page 88 and "pendula" on page 9, line 21. Minor darkening along the top edge. Dust jacket has light edge wear and soiling with chipping to spine ends and corners. Spine is faded and darkened. A very good copy, housed in a custom slipcase.
Steinbeck's great novel, greeted with critical acclaim on its publication, has become a literary classic and a fixture on school reading lists. It also has the distinction, according to the American Library Association, of being one of the most frequently banned books of the 20th and 21st centuries. Banned for a wide range of reasons, including the characters' use of profanity to the perceived promotion of euthanasia, Of Mice and Men remains an American classic that continues to fan the flames of controversy more than seventy years after its initial publication.
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