New York; (1976): Farrar, Straus and Giroux. First Edition. Octavo. Item #022616
First printing. 363(1)pp., From the Winchester Manuscripts of Thomas Malory and other sources. Steinbeck wrote this story in present day speech for his young sons and for other sons not so young. He did not rewrite the original story. He wanted to write about Caxton, which was his first love, but decided to write Malory's King Arthur, a more exciting tale. Bound in maroon cloth stamped in blind, spine lettering gilt, a handsome copy in unclipped pictorial dust jacket with tiny crease to corner of front flap and a crease to rear flap, some fading to spine and a closed tear to upper edge of front panel.