The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. B. Traven. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First American edition. Original dust jacket.
Three down-and-out Americans – Curtin, Dobbs, and Howard – meet in the Mexican city of Tampico and discuss how to overcome their financial distress. They then set out to discover gold in the remote Sierra Madre mountains. A mine is dug and much gold is extracted, but Dobbs soon becomes greedy and begins to lose both his trust and his mind, lusting to possess the entire treasure.