The Short Reign of Pippin IV A Fabrication by John Steinbeck drawings by William Pene Du Bois 1957 The Viking Press

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Explore the whimsical world of "The Short Reign of Pippin IV" by the legendary John Steinbeck. This 1957 classic from The Viking Press offers readers a delightful twist on the French Revolution, taking them on a humorous journey with the amateur astronomer Pippin Heristal as he's thrust into the world of ruling the unpredictable French.


  • Title: The Short Reign of Pippin IV
  • Publication Date: 1957
  • Publisher: The Viking Press
  • Format: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 188
  • Dimensions: 9x6x1
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Wear and tear on the dust jacket, as highlighted in photos.

Key Features:

  • A lighthearted satire that follows Pippin Heristal in his unexpected rule over France, showcasing Steinbeck's trademark wit and narrative brilliance.
  • John Steinbeck, a Nobel laureate, spins the tale of the French Revolution with a touch of humor and irony, showcasing his unparalleled storytelling prowess.
  • An essential pick for those who appreciate Steinbeck's unique take on historical events, adding a humorous dimension to the traditional tales.
  • Perfect for literary discussions, book clubs, or a light-hearted reading session on a lazy weekend afternoon.
  • The book comes with charming drawings by William Pene Du Bois, further elevating its vintage appeal.
  • A sturdy hardcover that promises durability and a dust jacket that captures the essence of the tale.

In Summation:

Steinbeck's "The Short Reign of Pippin IV" is more than just a book; it's a journey filled with laughter, history, and insights. A must-have for vintage collectors and literature enthusiasts alike.


For those who love vintage books and unique tales, don't miss this captivating story by John Steinbeck, where history meets humor. And if you're keen on preserving your vintage finds, do check out our article "Preserve Old Books Like a Pro; Save Your Special Reads" to keep them in pristine condition.


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