Signed by John Steinbeck
STEINBECK, John. East of Eden. New York: The Viking Press , 1952.
First edition, limited to 1,500 numbered copies signed by Steinbeck. Octavo (6 x 8 7/8 inches). [vi]; [1-2] 3-602 pp.

Original full green buckram. Front cover lettered in gilt, spine stamped in red and lettered in gilt. All edges stained red. About fine.

East of Eden is often considered Steinbeck's most ambitious novel, and the novel Steinbeck himself considered his greatest. "Based on the biblical story of Cain and Abel, the book centers on the lives of Adam Trask and his two sons, Cal and Aron. Adam settles in the Salinas Valley in California with his wife Cathy, who bears the two boys, leaves her husband, and becomes a prostitute. Adam, who favors Aron, is at first unable to forgive Cal when he drives Aron to his death by telling him their mother is a prostitute." (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia, 303). This novel was made into a film in 1955, directed by Elia Kazan and starred James Dean.

Goldstone & Payne A32a.

HBS # 68101 $2,500