MORGAN SAILS THE CARIBBEAN.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1934. Original black cloth lettered in gilt, with dust jacket.
First Edition of this book-length ballad for which (per the preliminary "Acknowledgement") "The author's thanks and acknowledgements are gratefully tendered to John Steinbeck, author of "Cup of Gold," for his generous permission to use certain incidents from that novel." Berton goes on to quote in full a brief letter from Steinbeck giving that permission, saying "Please feel free to use what you wish of my work, subconsciously or consciously...".
In this copy Berton Braley added to Steinbeck's printed letter, in ink, "With the further and personal thanks of [signed] Berton Braley." The front paste-down of this copy bears the ink-stamp "THIS BOOK BELONGS | TO CAROL AND | JOHN STEINBECK". Thus this copy must have been the one Braley sent to Steinbeck, with his "further and personal thanks" for permission to borrow from CUP OF GOLD.
This volume's condition is very good-plus, with some wear at the head of the spine and at some fore-corners (the spine lettering is also a lttle dull). The jacket is likewise very good-plus, with a few small chips. Item #15078