New York: Covici Friede, 1937. First edition. A Near Fine copy of the book in like dust jacket. The book has a bit of foxing to the closed text block, not entering the pages, otherwise an excellent copy. In a Near Fine dust jacket with the spine a bit toned and slight nicks at the spine ends. A true first printing with the textual points on p. 9 and 88 as well as the priced dust jacket (avoid any dust jacket that doesn't retain the original price, $2.00).
One of just 2500 copies and becoming scarce in this condition. Steinbeck's tragic novella portraying the life of two migrant farm-hands in California, unlikely friends cherishing the common dream of a better life. When George realizes that Lennie's childlike understanding of the world has led to irreparable violence, George ends Lennie's life as mercifully as he can before the arrival of a lynch mob. "If the story were callously told, the conclusion might be unbearable. But Mr. Steinbeck has told it with both passion and dexterity. The patient comradeship is developed in a series of homely episodes, conveyed in the vernacular of two lonely men blundering about their small world...Of Mice and Men is the dark side of an idyll" (Atkinson, contemporary NYT review). One of the author's most profound works. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2222)