GONE WITH THE WIND. Margaret. Brett Mitchell, George Platt Jr, publisher.
GONE WITH THE WIND
GONE WITH THE WIND
GONE WITH THE WIND
GONE WITH THE WIND
GONE WITH THE WIND
GONE WITH THE WIND

GONE WITH THE WIND

NY: Macmillan, 1936. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Signed, first edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Civil War classic, GONE WITH THE WIND in first issue dustjacket with rare ephemera laid-in. Plainly signed in black ink by Mitchell on the ffe.  First issue dustjacket with Gone with the Wind listed as the second title in the right-side column of a list of Macmillan Spring Novels on the rear panel, and $3 on the bottom corner of the front flap and the upper corner clipped. Laid-in 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".  It includes facts and figures about the book (e.g. its UK publication and the sale of movie rights to Selznick), a story about how MacMillan secured rights to the book, a reprint of the NYTimes review and blurbs from others and a personality profile of the author with Q & A with Mitchell. Laid-in is a news clipping from the NY Sun, July 1, 1938, reporting on Mitchell's first visit to New York since GWTW's publication and her first interview with NY reporters, wherein she admitted some dislike of Scarlett and mentioned Norma Shearer for the role of Scarlett (though she suggested Gable seemed secure to play Rhett).  More interesting, as a follow-on to that, is laid-in a one-sheet mimeo copy of a letter to all Macmillan employees, dated July 15, 1938, from publisher George Platt Brett, Jr  who, after referring to Mitchell with her married name, "Mrs. Marsh", reports how grateful Mitchell was for her visit to Macmillan offices on her New York trip.  He quotes two extensive paragraphs from Mitchell's personal letter to him thanking for the "grand " opportunity "to meet the staff - 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. The dustjacket is worn and chipped along flap folds, with other chipping at corners and spine ends, still quite presentable. There is an tiny, almost imperceptible pink-colored blemish center of front dustjacket flap.  The brochure and mimeo letter are fine. The book itself appears to be unread, the cleanest copy we have seen.  (PS With the booklet there is laid-in a 1" diecut of a daffodil, colored on one surface, duotone on the  other. We have no idea if it was Macmillan generated or a personal item from a previous owner but we've kept it with the rest, anyway.). Near Fine / Very Good+. Item #012266

Price: $14,500.00

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