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 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.
There were over one hundred printings of the first edition. First published in 1936, Gone with the Wind 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. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Insured post.
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