New York: Viking Press, 1945. First Illustrated Edition. SIGNED by the author on half-title page. Tall 8vo. 131,  pp. Full-page and in-text color illustrations by Wesley Dennis. Tan cloth with color illustrated endpapers, all edges dark green, in publisher's slipcase with color plate on the front. Faint curving of paper along upper edge of first 3 pages else a fine copy in near fine slipcase (paper loss at upper & lower open edges; minor spotting). Item #21249
Set in the valley just outside of Salinas, California between the Santa Lucia and the Gabilan Mountains, The Red Pony is a collection of four short stories: The Gift, The Great Mountains, The Promise, and The Leader of the People. The stories are marked by Steinbeck's clear and engaging prose and several vivid descriptions of the Salinas Valleys beautiful landscape, which serves as the setting for many of Steinbeck's most well known works. The Red Pony film, directed by Lewis Milestone, was released in 1949. A TV adaptation of The Red Pony was released in 1973 starring Henry Fonda as Carl Tiflin.