New York: The Viking Press [, 1945. First Edition, Second Issue in canary yellow cloth. Cloth. 8vo (7 1/2" x 5"), canary yellow cloth stamped in blue on spine and front cover, an archival quality clear plastic cover protects the pictorial dust jacket (unclipped with $2.00 price) illustrated with an aerial view of the seaside canneries along Ocean View Avenue by Arthur Hawkins, Jr., publisher's top stain, 208 pages. Very Good / Good +. Item #9460
Overall Very Good Condition! Solid square copy. Previous owner's name on upper corner of the front free endpaper. Light wear and a bit of rubbing to cloth corners and extremities. Front gutter has some darkening. The dust jacket is clean, quite bright, and unclipped with the $2.00 price. There is chipping mainly to the head & foot of the dust jacket's spine and moderate edge- and corner-wear. Wartime publication states on copyright page: "This Edition is Produced in Full Compliance with All War Production Board Conservation Orders" ergo resulting in light uniform page-toning as is typical.
Steinbeck dedicated his warm-hearted and Depression era Monterey "fishy" tale to Ed Ricketts, a close friend who served as the basis for Doc, the novel's principal figure. Nick Nolte and Debra Winger starred in the 1982. "First Published by the Viking Press in January 1945" on copyright page. Goldstone and Payne A22b with yellow binding variant.