Hard Cover. New York: The Viking Press, 1962. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's coarse light beige cloth, with an illustration of Charley to the front board in brown, lettered in brown; in the original pictorial cream dust jacket designed by Don Freeman, with an illustration of Steinbeck and Charley to the front panel in brown and black, lettered in brown and black. Near fine, with a few minor spots to the cloth; price-clipped dust jacket, some mild toning to the spine, lower spine slightly chipped, else near fine. Overall, a handsome example. Travels with Charley is a travelogue in which Steinbeck chronicles his cross-country journey with his poodle Charley. Specifically, the text follows Steinbeck's "one-man, one-dog" journey in which Steinbeck sought to reconnect with "this monster country… its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of life, the pulse of its people." An endearing story, Travels with Charley remains an inspiration for literary travelers. [Edward Weeks, The Atlantic, 1962].