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Gone With the Wind. by  Margaret MITCHELL - Signed First Edition - 1936 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 148336)

Gone With the Wind.

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Gone With the Wind.

by MITCHELL, Margaret

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About This Item

New York: Macmillan Company, 1936. 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". 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. 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.

Synopsis

Margaret Mitchell only published one complete novel, but it was quite the book - Gone With the Wind earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and National Book Award for 1936. The epic romance tale set in and around Atlanta, Georgia during the American Civil War has remained a bestseller, even before the equally popular film starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh was made in 1939.

Read more: Identifying first editions of Gone With the Wind.

Reviews

On Jan 21 2017, a reader said:
International Collectors Library is not a first edition. You can get this book for $3 on Amazon
On Feb 14 2012, Slimjackreelyahoocom said:
Gone with the Wind belongs to that finite group of books one can confidently call seminal.This novel traces, with heart wrenching passages and beautifully set scenes, the death of the "Old South". The horror and cruelty of war is adroitly used to contrast with the slow beauty of the South as it was, and which it can never be again. If a person has not read this book, their Education is incomplete.
On Mar 9 2011, AbbeyRheinhartt said:
I approached this book with trepidation. Would this be a book that glorified slavery and antebellum life? No, quite the contrary, although it provides rich description of the wealthy class before the Civil War.This book has an excellent story, well told, in which the characters are the symbols of their country. Scarlett is the United States, at first content and lazy with slavery, then hardened by war, and she shifts to be ruthlessly concerned with commerce and moving forward. Ashley is beautiful and pale, and represents the old south, which cannot adapt.You won't find better character development anywhere. This book is extremely well-written. Do yourself a favor and but a nice dusty one, so you can have that authentic feeling.This book is hugely feminist. It also tells a huge story, but is fast-paced, and will keep you locked in to the life of Scarlett.This is a significant book in American literature, but it is not dry. This book is a must-read.Abbey Rheinhartt.
On Jan 15 2011, JennyG said:
This is my favorite book of all time. The characters are incredibly well written, as is the story line. Highly recommend reading. The copy I got from Biblio.com was in great condition even though it was used. I definitely plan on buying from them again.

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Details

book dealer
Peter Harrington GB (GB)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
148336
Title
Gone With the Wind.
Author
MITCHELL, Margaret
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Macmillan Company,
Date Published
1936

Terms of Sale

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Peter Harrington

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About Peter Harrington

Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.

Glossary

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jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps... [more]
morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [more]
Cloth
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [more]
spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [more]
edges
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a... [more]
First Edition
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tight
Used to mean that the binding of a book has not been overly loosened by frequent use.
octavo
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