STEINBECK, JOHN & EDWARD F. RICKETTS.
Sea of Cortez. A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research. New York: Viking Press, 1941.
Original cloth; dust jacket. Custom slipcase. Hinges cracked, edges rubbed; jacket worn at folds with some chips from corners and tape repair to verso.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM ED RICKETTS TO HIS NEW GIRLFRIEND, LATER WIFE, WITH VEGAS MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE LAID IN, signed and inscribed on the half-title: "To Alice / from Ed / Oct 31, 1947 / for remembering about a beet that looks like a woodcarving, 'for us a measure of continuance.'" Ricketts led a complicated love life. Here he inscribes his most famous book for Alice Cambell, a Berkeley student half his age, just a few weeks after having left Toni Jackson (who went on to marry Ben Volcani, the microbiologist who discovered life in the Dead Sea). Laid in to this copy is Ricketts' and Cambell's marriage certificate dated January 2, 1948 from Las Vegas. However, the marriage was technically invalid as Ricketts had never legally divorced his first wife, Nan Maker. A copy photograph and negative of Ricketts are also laid in. Goldstone & Payne A15.b.