First Edition, First Issue of Steinbeck's ClassicJohn Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men. New York: Covici Friede, 1937.
First edition, first issue, with lines 20 and 21 on p. 9 reading "and only moved because the heavy hands were pendula" and with the bullet between the 8's on page 88. Octavo. 186 pages.
Original beige cloth stamped in terra cotta and black on front cover and spine. Top edge stained blue. In the original dust jacket priced at $2.00. Slight soiling to dust jack. Overall, a crisp, near fine copy.
From Maxine Garrard's contemporary review (Columbus [Ga.] Enquirer-Sun, 1 March 1937): "From the sordid lives of a cocky tramp and a balmy moron, John Steinbeck has written a drama of indescribable magic and heart-breaking futility. Even if you think you are tough and can 'take it,' this book will cause an emotional upheaval. It is strong, it is powerful and it is wonderful, but unless you can swallow raw stuff - lay off."
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