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First edition of John Steinbeck's The Long Valley

John Steinbeck: The Long Valley, first edition "The high grey-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world. On every side it sat like a lid on the mountains and made of the great valledy a closed pot. On the broad, level land floor the gang plows bit deep and left the black earth shining like metal where the shares had cut. On the foothill ranches across the Salinas River, the yellow stubble fields seemed to be bathed in pale cold sunshine, but there was no sunshine in the valley now in December. The thick willow scrub along the river flamed with sharp and positive yellow leaves."

-from "The Chrysanthemums" 

STEINBECK. John. The Long Valley. New York: The Viking Press, 1938. Octavo, original oatmeal and orange cloth, original dust jacket. $2500.

First edition of Steinbeck's notable collection of short stories. Includes such classics as "The Chrysanthemums", "The Snake", "The Vigilante", "Johnny Bear", and "Saint Katy the Virgin". The four stories comprising The Red Pony ("The Gift", "The Great Mountains", "The Leader of the People", and "The Promise") appear here together for the first time. Book fine; bright dust jacket near-fine with only very minor occasional wear to extremities. An excellent copy, without any of the usual fading or toning to dust jacket spine.

 

 

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