Zürich: Humanitas Verlag, 1940. First German Edition. Association copy of Steinbeck's most enduring novel, narrating the long and enduring struggle of the Joad family to find some measure of happiness, and some thread of human dignity, during their move west from Oklahoma to California. "A naturalistic and detailed picture of California in the depths of the Depression of the 1930's" (Baird 2333). Basis for John Ford's Oscar-winning film adaptation (1940), starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine.Goldstone & Payne D187. Item #3408
Thick octavo (20.75cm); beige cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in dark green on spine and front cover; green topstain; ,7-675,pp. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his German language translator on the copyright page: "For Klaus Lambrecht / with hearty regards and thanks / John Steinbeck / New York 1956." Spine ends and corners worn, sunning to spine and extremities, with two marginal tape-mended tears on pp.7-10; seven gatherings in the middle are from a different issue, with the top edge stained dark blue; hinges sound; Very Good, lacking the pictorial dustjacket.