Hard Cover. New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1929. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing of Steinbeck's first book. A very good or better copy, with a lightly faded spine, minor rubbing to the extremities, some offsetting and a very minor abrasion on the front endpaper, with a former owner bookplate to the front pastedown. Overall, in very good condition. Cup of Gold is Steinbeck's first novel and only piece of historical fiction. The book is loosely based on the pirate Henry Morgan, whose two main goals are to conquer Panama City (the "cup of gold") and to win the heart of La Santa Roja, a woman rumored to be as beautiful as the sun. Although this was his first work and is somewhat unique in plot, Cup of Gold shows the author's early interest in themes he continued to use throughout his career as a writer: piracy and myth.