Pasadena: By the Author, . Hardcover. 12mo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering and black front board lettering, dust jacket. 140pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket rather age toned, with bit of edgewear and couple of edge chips along flap folds. Item #43566
Tight and attractive first edition of this spiritual memoir by this incredibly prolific author, socialist, reformer, remarkably unsuccessful political wanna-be and all-around gadfly (1878-1968) remembered today mainly for his 1906 bestseller "The Jungle." Fine autograph addition: Tipped to inner flyleaf is a Typed Note Signed from Sinclair, 1p, 7¼" X 5", Pasadena, CA, 14 August 1940. Addressed to future noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Fine. On his imprinted letterhead, Sinclair thanks this admirer for "your friendly note, and thank you for sending me the clipping about 'World's End'...." Large bold signature in black ink. ("World's End" was Sinclair's then-new novel, the first of what would become the 11-volume "Lanny Budd" series about a teenage boy in private school in Germany around World War One.) Usual Farrar Rinehart logo on copyright page (who issued a simultaneous edition).