Steinbeck | John

The Moon Is Down

First Edition | First Issue



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First edition, first issue of The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck, in a first state dust jacket.

Octavo, 188pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in silver on spine, title stamped in blind on front cover. Stated “first published in March 1942” on copyright page, with a period between “talk” and “this” on page 112. Slight lean to text block, previous ownership inscription on front free endpaper, some transference from laid-in newspaper clippings. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $2.00 on front flap, wear to spine edges and flap folds, some loss at tail of spine, bright illustrations, a very good example. (Goldstone & Payne A16b)

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.

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Location Published

New York


The Viking Press


First Edition, First Issue

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Very Good

Jacket Condition

Very Good


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