STEINBECK,JOHN. THE RED PONY. NY: Viking 1945 (1945). Tall 8vo (6 3/4 x 9 5/8"), tan cloth with green rules, pictorial paste-on, all edges green, tiny spot on paste-on, spine very slightly toned else Fine in publisher's green slip case with mounted pictorial label (cover label with a few small chips on edge, case with slight splits, sound and VG). First published in 1937 with no illustrations and with 3 stories. This is the 1st illustrated edition, with an additional story not in the 1937 edition. THIS COPY IS INSCRIBED BY STEINBECK ON THE TITLE PAGE: "FOR THE ---- WITH MANY THANKS. JOHN STEINBECK." Illustrated with wonderful full page and smaller color lithographs as well as pictorial endpapers by Wesley Dennis (printed by Kipe). This trade edition is rare with Steinbeck's inscription.