The Grapes of Wrath. With Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton. John Steinbeck.

The Grapes of Wrath. With Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton.

1940. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940.

2 vols. roy. 8vo, (xxii) 284; 285-559pp. with 67 original two-color lithographs (black and yellow) made on zinc plates by Thomas Hart Benton. Bound in quarter rawhide (which “might well have come from an Oklahoma steer”), “grass cloth” boards (to “put the prospective reader in mind of the parched, sun-baked grass of the Dust Bowl”), backstrip lettered in silver (“rather than gold, because this is a novel about people in ‘the silver country’”) (see below). A fine copy, a little tight, vol. 1 with small abrasion on front pastedown, and bookplate of Gotham Book Mart at foot of rear pastedown.

§ Limited to 1146 copies signed by the illustrator. Designed by George Macy with introductions by Joseph Henry Jackson and Thomas Craven, this is the first illustrated edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner and classic California novel. A printed note “About the Binding of this Book” explains the choice of binding materials and gives recommendations for the care of the rawhide. Item #110597

Price: $350.00

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