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    First Edition, First Issue in Dust Jacket of Steinbeck's Rare First Book

    John Steinbeck. Cup of Gold. A Life of Henry Morgan, Buccaneer With Occasional Reference to History. New York: Robert M. McBride, 1929. First edition, first issue with the McBride title page (second issue copies have the Covici-Friede title pages bound from the same sheets). One of 2,476 copies printed, of which 939 were unbound and eventually went to Covici-Friede. Octavo. [vi], 269, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's full yellow cloth, front cover and spine lettered in black. In the original pictorial dust jacket illustrated by Mahlon Blaine. Jacket spine sunned (as is usual with this title) and chipped at spine ends (some loss of text), some wear to edges, jacket with old fold creases and scattered stains, boards modestly shelf worn. Overall, a very good copy of this rare book (so rare that Steinbeck himself did not own a copy). Housed in a custom clamshell case. Goldstone & Payne A1.

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