New York: The Viking Press, 1942. First edition, later issue. Hardcover. 188pp. Duodecimo [19.5 cm] in blue cloth with silver-gilt-stamped spine and blind-embossed front board. No publisher's stain on top edge. The spine ends are subtly bumped, and the top edge of the text block is lightly foxed. The boards are crisp and unworn; interior unmarked. In a price-clipped later state dust jacket, with a couple of short closed tears and a small chip to the edges. The deepest closed tear is 3/4" deep (along the top edge of the front panel). First edition, later issue, with line 11 on page 112 having no period between 'talk' and 'this'. Haddon Craftsman attributed as printer. Very good + / very good. Item #63090
John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath. From the dust jacket- "The Moon is Down continues the experiment begun with Of Mice and Men, that of writing a short novel having the time and place disciplines of the stage. The scene of the book is any conquered country in any time. The author has purposely refrained from making it literally true to actual events. Although the weapons and ideologies may be of the present, they are only vehicles for the theme that a free brave people is unconquerable."