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    John Steinbeck Signed & Numbered First Edition: Saint Katy the Virgin (New York: Covici-Friede, 1936), first edition, #103 of 199 copies signed and numbered by Steinbeck, 25 pages, orange and gilt decorative boards, 16mo (4.75" x 6.75"), protective tri-fold cover and slipcase, includes the rarely-present publisher's Christmas card announcing the upcoming publication of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men the following February. This is one of Steinbeck's most peculiar stories, a farcical history of the religious conversion and eventual canonization of a fourteenth-century French pig. He had a strong personal attraction to the story and, after years of trying to get it published, he arranged with Covici-Friede to issue it as this gift book. Fine condition, original owner's bookplate present on inside front cover. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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