The true first is a signed edition limited to 500 copies specially printed and bound for friends of the author and publishers - as stated on a special leaf in the book. Limited Edition is stated in red letters on a special clear mylar protective jacket placed over the regular dust-jacket. Heavy blue cloth with beveled edges.
Below is the first trade edition. First published in 1961 stated on the copyright page with no statement of other printings. Solid blue cloth boards with blue top stain, page edges evenly trimmed, and no deboss on rear boards by the spine. Back of dust jacket has photo of Steinbeck with blurbs by Saul Bellow, Edward Weeks, and Lewis Gannet above the photo.
Picture of the 1961 first edition dust jacket for The Winter of Our Discontent.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Winter of Our Discontent.
Picture of dust jacket where original $4.50 price is found for The Winter of Our Discontent.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Winter of Our Discontent.
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