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Rebecca

by Daphne du Maurier

Condition: Fine/Fine


New York: Literary Guild of America, 1938. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Not Signed. Reprint. This Literary Guild of America edition was published in the same year as the 1st Edition. This copy is over 80 years old, has been well taken care of and is in fine condition. Its construction is unlike most of the poorly made book club editions. The cloth covered boards, Du Maurier's initials on the front cover, embossed spine and matching top stain add up to a handsome edition possibly as desirable and rare as the first edition. The text block is solid, clean and square. Endpapers, only slightly tanned, are clear of markings with NO previous owner's signature. Spine tight, boards rigid and tips pointed. There is no book club deboss on the rear cover. The jacket is in near fine condition with bold colors on the cover, just a hint of wear at bottom edges and a bit of spine and front cover top fade and some small shelf wear at some edges. It looks spectacular in its shiny new plastic cover.Literary Guild Magazine for October 1938 included. Shipping box is suitable for wrapping with a non-price listed purchase order inside along with biodegradable packing..

An orphaned young woman working as a maid is swept off her feet by a wealthy widowed Englishman, and quickly married him. But when she arrives at his estate she learns she pales in comparison with his seemingly perfect deceased first wife Rebecca, especially in the eyes of the sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. When Rebecca’s body is found on her shipwrecked boat the dark secrets held by the husband are discovered as well. Rebecca has had many adaptations in film, radio, and television, the most famous being the Academy-Award Winning Hitchcock adaptation released in 1940. Du Maurier wrote the novel in a reported 4 months. Her publisher, Gollancz, expected the book to be successful and ordered 20,000 copies for the first print run. Within a month the novel had sold twice that.  Read more: Identifying first editions of Rebecca


  • Seller: Winding Road Books US (US)
  • Seller Inventory #: 000855
  • Title: Rebecca
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: Fine
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Literary Guild of America
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1938
  • Keywords: Historical Fiction


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  "I find Maurier's work to be expertly descriptive and eloquently expressed. "

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