Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck, Published by The Viking Press, USA, 1954. First Edition, First printing. 8vo up to 9½” tall., 273 pp. Light mustard color cloth with blue birds and red titles to front and spine; top edge stained red; title page with red title with red underscore lines. Light crease to spine cloth and tiny small dot to top edge front board. Name to free endpaper, otherwise contents are fine without marks, tears or folds. First state unclipped dustjacket in very good condition, protected in mylar.
Points of issue: red upper page edges, light olive-beige cloth with red lettering and blue birds, title page with seven red lines and red title, printers name under the colophon on the copyright page, “First published by The Viking Press in June 1954”, no subsequent printings, DJ back panel has facsimile John Steinbeck signature and photographer’s name under the photograph, nothing further. $3.50 price
Sweet Thursday is a sequel to Cannery Row and set in the years after the end of World War II. According to the author, “Sweet Thursday” is the day between Lousy Wednesday and Waiting Friday.