MITCHELL, Margaret.

Gone With the Wind.

New York: Macmillan Company, 1936 Stock Code: 148336
£15,000.00
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First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Signed copies of the first edition in this condition are scarce.

Loosely inserted is the 22-page Macmillan promotional booklet, "Margaret Mitchell and Her Novel", dated 1936, "compiled in response to a flood of requests from readers all over the country for information about the author and her book". The booklet includes the sales figures for Gone With the Wind, an account of how the publisher secured the rights to the book, a copy of the New York Times review, and a personality profile of the author.

Also accompanying this copy is a news clipping from the New York Sun, 1 July 1938, reporting on Mitchell's first visit to New York since the publication of Gone With the Wind, and her interview in which she admitted some dislike of Scarlett, together with a one-sheet mimeo copy of a letter to all Macmillan employees, dated 15 July 1938, from publisher George Platt Brett, Jr., recording how grateful Mitchell was for her visit to the Macmillan offices on her New York trip, thanking everyone "from the telephone operators who have handled my frenzied long-distance calls to the boys on the bottom floor who sent the books on their way".

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Description

Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles and decoration to front board and spine in dark blue, top edge pale brown, others untrimmed. With dust jacket. Housed in a grey quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Condition

A very good copy indeed, tight and square, light spray of foxing to edges, short closed tear to foot of p. 443, contents clean and fresh, in the dust jacket with closed tear to head of spine, extremities a little chipped, nicked, and rubbed, but notably bright, and scarce in such nice condition.

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