Burning Bright. John Steinbeck.
Burning Bright

Burning Bright

New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1950. First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by John Steinbeck with citation to Stephen Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall. This is the first edition, first printing of the canonical American writer John Steinbeck's "play in story form" as it is subtitled, "First published by The Viking Press in November 1950" as noted in the copyright page. This presentation copy is very special indeed- it is from the estate of actress Lauren Bacall (1924-2014), & on the dedication page, just below the printed dedication "To, For, and because of Elaine"(who would become his third wife just after this book was first published), Steinbeck has hand-written in black ink: "And also for/Stephen/much love/(signed) John Steinbeck/(squiggly doodle-drawing)/Regards." Stephen is Stephen Bogart, the son of Bacall & legendary actor Humphrey Bogart. Presuming Steinbeck's undated citation was written at or near the time of publication, Stephen would have been a toddler, born the year before in early 1949. A most important, one-of-a-kind collectible with outstanding provenance & reference. Book in very fine condition with only lightest wear to top & bottom of cloth spine; very light browning to edges, endpapers & interior leaves. Unclipped dust jacket in near-fine condition with very mild creasing, rubbing & soiling to front, back covers & spine; mild, short chips, tears & wear along all edges; one vertical closed tear & horizontal crease forming a small rough rectangle at upper right corner of front cover. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #2163]

Price: $4,000.00