First edition of The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck, in first state dust jacket.
Octavo, 188pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in silver on spine, title stamped in blind on front cover. Lacking the “First Published” statement on copyright page, signifying second printing. Top edge dyed blue. Solid text block, dampstain to top edge of text block, light wear to corners. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket in very good condition, $2.00 retail price on front flap, light toning to spine and top edge, closed tear along front edge of spine. With bright illustrations, vibrant colors, and untrimmed corners. Previous ownership inscription on front free endpaper. (Goldstone & Payne A16)
An important work by John Steinbeck, this novel tells the story of the military occupation of a Northern European town by an unknown militant government. A timely work, first published in 1942 at the height of World War II.