New York: The Viking Press, 1945. First Edition. "The loose plot centers around the efforts of a group of friends to throw a party for "Doc" (who in real life was the oceanographer Ed Ricketts). The good-natured and somewhat ignorant life-style of these people is captured in a "slice-of-life." Steinbeck wrote that this novel was "a poem...a quality of light...nostalgia, a dream," and the same can be said for the style of the book, with its vivid characterizations and fidelity to local color" (Baird 2331). Set between Monterrey and Pacific Grove. Goldstone & Payne A22.b. Item #2712
First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); publisher's second issue binding in yellow cloth, with titles stamped in navy blue on spine and front cover; navy blue topstain; dustjacket; [vi],208,pp. Hint of offsetting from binders glue along front joint, subtle fading to topstain, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is clipped at upper flap corners, gently spine-sunned, with light wear to extremities; Very Good+.