John Steinbeck

Cup of Gold

originally published:
New York : McBride
August 1929

We offered this copy of the first edition, in first binding and first issue dustwrapper, in our Catalog 84.


  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction(1940)
  • Nobel Prize for Literature(1962)
  • First Book(1929)
  • Modern Library 100 Best Novels(010)
  • Time Magazine 100 Novels(1939)
  • Library of Congress 88 Books That Shaped America(1939)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 2/27/1902
died: 12/20/1968
born as: John Ernst Steinbeck
nationality: USA

American novelist, best known for The Grapes of Wrath (1939), one of several naturalistic novels with proletarian themes that he wrote in the 1930s. These works, with their rich symbolic structures, effectively convey the mythopoetic and symbolic qualities of his characters. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Yikes! Collecting tips for John Steinbeck could fill a book, rather than a tiny box on our website, so we're going to give you the Cliff Notes version. His first book, Cup of Gold (1929) is exceptionally scarce in jacket, especially when the spine is relatively unfaded. The Grapes of Wrath (1939 - which better not have the "first edition" statement clipped from the bottom of the front flap) is a case where there exists lots of supply, but even more demand, so prices can vary wildly depending on fairly minor variations in condition. Of Mice and Men (1937) invariably has a jacket that is slightly shorter than the book, apparently issued thus by the publisher, so fret not, or at least fret less than you might otherwise if this is the case with your copy. Cannery Row (1945) has to have buff-colored boards; copies in bright yellow boards are later (although still marginally collectible). His last few books are relatively common, but are usually well read, so fine copies are worth pursuing.

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