New York: The Viking Press, 1947. A Fine copy of the book, clean and unread, but with the top-stain a bit faded. In a Very Good+ dust jacket with the spine a little faded and some small scuffs and tears. First issue jacket with the portrait of Steinbeck looking towards the spine.
Inspired by a Mexican folk tale, master storyteller Steinbeck weaves a narrative about a family in poverty whose discovery of a rare pearl presents the possibility of improved fortune. After Kino finds an exceptional jewel near his home, he tries to sell it to dealers in nearby La Paz. Unknown to Kino and other natives like him, however, the dealers have conspired to control the market, collaborating on low-ball offers to defraud the natives out of profits. Kino's refusal to trust the dealers leads to a violent attack against him; and as his bad luck and greed grow, his wife Juana becomes convinced that the pearl is evil and should be let go. A tale of human greed and violence, presenting the myriad motives men have for pursuing wealth. Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2526)