New York: Viking Press, (1969). First edition. One of 600 copies. Published the year following Steinbeck's death. Text comprised of letters written to Pascal Covici, his old friend and editor, while working on EAST OF EDEN. 4to silver-stamped half blue cloth and blue paper boards; 182 pages. Illustrated with seven folding-plate facsimiles of pages from the original manuscript and a frontispiece photo of the box Steinbeck carved to house the original manuscript of EAST OF EDEN that he presented to Covici. Small, light stain on title page otherwise fine in original glassine dust jacket, which is a little darkened at spine; housed in a fine example of the publisher’s slipcase.