First Edition Points and Criteria for Tortilla Flat

Year Published: 1935
Author Last Name: Steinbeck
Author First Name: John
Publisher: Covici Friede
Original Price: $2.50
Pages: 317

Copyright date states 1935 with no other years or subsequent printings listed. Copyright page also notes The Van Rees Press on the bottom. Book has oatmeal boards with blue lettering and blue top stain. The dust jacket illustration by Ruth Gannett is the same on the front and the back. The front flap has no mention of later printings. The dust jacket also has no review blurbs and does not mention the author's other novels.

Picture of the 1935 first edition dust jacket for Tortilla Flat.
Picture of the 1935 first edition dust jacket for Tortilla Flat.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for Tortilla Flat.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Tortilla Flat.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for Tortilla Flat.
Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for Tortilla Flat.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Tortilla Flat.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Tortilla Flat.

Picture of the first edition Covici Friede boards for Tortilla Flat.
Picture of the first edition Covici Friede boards for Tortilla Flat.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Tortilla Flat.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Tortilla Flat.

Picture of the first edition title page for Tortilla Flat.
Picture of the first edition title page for Tortilla Flat.

The first edition of Tortilla Flat has blue top stain.
The first edition of Tortilla Flat has blue top stain.

This is the copyright page from the third Covici Friede printing of Tortilla Flat. Note
This is the copyright page from the third Covici Friede printing of Tortilla Flat. Note the listings of subequent printings.

This is a reprint of Tortilla Flat published by Grosset & Dunlap a few years after
This is a reprint of Tortilla Flat published by Grosset & Dunlap a few years after the Covici Friede first edition. Notice the reference to Of Mice and Men, which was published in 1937. Also keep in mind that the copyright page on the Grosset & Dunlap reprint looks similar to that of the first edition, but it does not list The Van Rees Press on the bottom. Another difference is that the Grosset & Dunlap boards have red lettering rather than blue.



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, Cannery Row, The Moon is Down, The Winter of Our Discontent, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, The Long Valley.

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