Pub Year

Title

Author

Publisher

Original Price

Pages

1945

Cannery Row

Steinbeck, John

Viking

$2.00

208

The first edition of this classic John Steinbeck book was published by Viking in 1945. It was 208 pages long, and the original retail price was $2.00. The first edition identification criteria are as follows: First Published by The Viking Press in January 1945 is stated on the copyright page with no references to further printings. The first state of the first printing has light-buff (tan) cloth boards and top page edge stained blue. The second state has yellow cloth boards.



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Picture of the 1945 first edition dust jacket for Cannery Row.

Picture of the 1945 first edition dust jacket for Cannery Row.

Identification picture of Cannery Row.
Identification picture of Cannery Row.
Identification picture of Cannery Row.
The book on the left is the first state of the first printing which has light-buff (tan)

The book on the left is the first state of the first printing which has light-buff (tan) cloth boards. The book on the right is the second state which has yellow cloth boards.



Other first edition points for books by John Steinbeck include: The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice And Men, The Pearl, Sweet Thursday, East of Eden, The Wayward Bus, The Moon is Down, The Winter of Our Discontent, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, Tortilla Flat, The Long Valley.

           


Guest
September 11, 2009, 4:28 pm
I have a Cannery Row edition that meets the description for first editions, except that the boards are blue. Any ideas on what I have?
Thanks, Mike.
Ray Gorcyca
October 28, 2009, 11:06 am
Actually an advance state of Cannery Row was issued in blue wrappers most likely as review copies. It also has the Jan. 1945 date on the copyright page.
Kelly
January 13, 2010, 10:05 am
I have a copy of Cannery Row that is bound in a blue cloth board. It has the exact same copyright page as shown above but in a different font. This is an old book but I don't know when it was printed. Can you give me an idea?


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