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Gone with the Wind  [Signed First Printing, May 1936] by  Margaret Mitchell - Signed First Edition - 1936 - from BiblioStax (SKU: 020668)

Gone with the Wind [Signed First Printing, May 1936]

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Gone with the Wind [Signed First Printing, May 1936]

by Mitchell, Margaret

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New Yok: The Macmillan Company, 1936. Beautifully signed by Margaret Mitchell at front endpaper: "Margaret Mitchell". Rarity now over eighty years in existence. This signed first edition, first printing, the May 1936 printing, is ultra-rare as are any of her signed books or other items. In a letter dated February, 1937, Margaret Mitchell wrote that she would no longer sign her book, nevermore more for friends or even relatives. Butternut (greyish brown) full cloth boards, navy stamped cover and spine titles, moderate shelf wear, spine area discoloration. Deckled pages generally good; some discoloration, roll, to lower area near bind, few areas at outer page edges. Antiquarian signature at front endpaper: "Ruth Paine Blodgett". Interestingly, both Ruth Paine and Mitchell attended Smith College, a classical liberal arts college for women in Northampton, Mass. Bind fine; hinges intact. Beautiful facsimile jacket of the original first edition, first printing - protected in new clear sleeve. Very attractive. Rare near good signed first printing in fine facsimile first issue wrapper. Unparalleled drama, action and romance flower within the breathtaking wonders of this inspired spectacle of the written word and the most magnificently, exciting love story, ever! There were over one hundred printings of the first edition. Only 10,000 copies were produced of this true first printing in May, 1936. The subsequent June printing sold 50,000 copies on its first day, and two million after a year. Even though it is 1,037 pages long, readers all over the world snatched up the book; by 1937 it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the film rights had been sold to David O. Selznick. Mitchell prided herself on the historical accuracy of her work; and it is a sweeping account of how the Civil War tore apart an entire way of life. The stirring drama of the War Between the States and Reconstruction is brought vividly to life in this magnificent novel. Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara remain two of the most enduring characters in American fiction. Insured post. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. Fair/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall. Book.


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 [Signed First Printing, May 1936]


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 was in great condition even though it was used. I definitely plan on buying from them again.

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Gone with the Wind [Signed First Printing, May 1936]
Mitchell, Margaret
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First Edition
The Macmillan Company
Place of Publication
New Yok
Date Published
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall

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