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Rebecca. by  Daphne du Maurier - Signed First Edition - 1938 - from Raptis Rare Books and Biblio.com

Rebecca.

by du Maurier, Daphne

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London: Victor Gollancz Limited, 1938. First edition of du Maurier's masterpiece later made into the Oscar-winning 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Daphne du Maurier on a Book Society bookplate with "Rebecca" printed above the author's signature. In near fine condition. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me". These famous opening lines later became one of the most famous opening words ever recorded in Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-winning 1940 film of the same name. Rebecca is certainly Du Maurier's most famous novel and one that many others after her attempted to imitate, as a resurgence of romantic mystery novels came soon after its publication. The Mystery Writers of America have named Rebecca among the top ten Mystery Novels of All Time.

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.


  • Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 98450
  • Title: Rebecca.
  • Author: du Maurier, Daphne
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Victor Gollancz Limited
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1938
  • Keywords: Daphne Du Maurier First Edition, Rebecca First Edition, signed


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

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