Pub Year

Title

Author

Publisher

Original Price

Pages

1952

East of Eden

Steinbeck, John

Viking

$4.50

602

The true first is a signed limited first edition of only 1500 copies signed by Steinbeck.

The first trade edition states "First published by The Viking Press in September 1952" on the copyright page with no statements of subsequent printings, and 1952 on the title page. Boards are light green. Dust jacket has Steinbeck's photo on rear with no blurbs. The first state has "bite" on page 281, line 38. This was corrected to "bight" during the first printing and stands corrected in subsequent printings.

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This signed limited first edition came had dark green boards and came in a slip case.

This signed limited first edition came had dark green boards and came in a slip case.

Identification picture of East of Eden.
This is the dust jacket from the first trade edition.

This is the dust jacket from the first trade edition.

Identification picture of East of Eden.
Identification picture of East of Eden.
Rear of dust jacket has Steinbeck's photo with no blurbs.

Rear of dust jacket has Steinbeck's photo with no blurbs.

The first trade edition has 'bite' for 'bight' on page 281: line 38.  The

The first trade edition has 'bite' for 'bight' on page 281: line 38. The line reads "I remember holding the bite of a line while Tom drove pegs and braided a splice."

The first trade edition has light green boards.

The first trade edition has light green boards.



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

          


mosiel
September 13, 2010, 10:40 am
I'm confused. I have what appears to be a first edition of this book -- East of Eden by John Steinbeck, with the light green cover referred above to the 'first trade edition". The only difference is, the typo on the page you mention--"bite" instead of "bight" (as it should be) has already been corrected. However, everything looks the same, including on the inside! How can this be? I look forward to your expert response. M. Osiel
mosiel
September 13, 2010, 10:42 am
mosiel I'm confused. I have what appears to be a first edition of this book -- East of Eden by John Steinbeck, published by Viking Press in 1952, with the light green cover referred above to the 'first trade edition". The only difference is, the typo on the page you mention--"bite" instead of "bight" (as it should be) has already been corrected. However, everything looks the same, including on the inside! How can this be? I look forward to your expert response. M. Osiel
Tom
September 13, 2010, 10:04 pm
The correction was made during the first printing. So there is a first state with the error, and a second state without. Yours is a second state. I added a better explanation about this on the page.
Sandra Lober
January 19, 2011, 7:32 pm
Hi, I have this book with all the description you gave including the mistake of the word "bite", dustcover is same as shown and without blurbs but no price, also the cover of the book is not leather, is a light green board with light beige cloth in its spine and part of the cover letters in black. I had not seen other reprint with this kind of binding, do you think it is ok?
Thanks,
Sandra
Cash Back at eBay
August 29, 2011, 11:10 am
My version of East of Eden is from 1952 and has the typo "bite" when it should be "bight." The copyright is simply "Copyright 1952 by John Steinbeck" and "Printed in the United States of America" and it is Viking Press New York with a green spine There is no reference to first printed in September. This would lead me to believe that I actually have the first copy. Logic prevails that a first edition would not reference other editions.
I believe you have the "limited edition" but that I have the true first edition. I would like a professional opinion as to this point I make.
Cash Back at eBay
August 29, 2011, 11:14 am
Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_of_Eden_(novel)
"East of Eden was first released by Viking Press in 1952. The first edition had two print runs: One of 1500 copies signed by Steinbeck, the other for the general public.[citation needed]. In both print runs, there is a spelling mistake on page 281, line 38: "I remember holding the bite of a line while Tom drove pegs and braided a splice." The word bite was mistakenly changed from the original word bight during proofreading."


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