The first edition of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published in 1939 by The Viking Press in New York. It was published to instant acclaim, is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and remains one of the great highspots in literature.
First Edition Points:
- Published by Viking Press
- “FIRST PUBLISHED IN APRIL 1939” on copyright page
- No mention of later printings
- Dust jacket has $2.75 price in top corner and stated first edition in bottom corner of front flap
Later printings are stated but Book Club editions do not have any printing statements.
If your copy does not mention “”FIRST PUBLISHED IN APRIL 1939” on the copyright page it is either a book club edition or a much later printing.
Value: Fine, $12,500 to $15,000, Very Good, $2000 to $3000
Goldstone, Adrian H.; Payne, John R. John Steinbeck: A Bibliographical Catalogue Of The Adrian H. Goldstone Collection. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1974.