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Rebecca

by Du Maurier, Daphne

Condition: Very Good Plus/Fine (Facsimilie Dust jacket)


New York: Doublday, Doran & Co., 1938. Maroon cloth with silver band decorated in blue. Unmarked, tight and square. Silver band cracked on rear panel at gutter near spine in straight line but separation only about 1/8". First edition not stated but title page and copyright page both show 1938. Whitish endpapers clean and still pretty bright. 1938 stated on title page in Roman Numerals. No later printings noted. One lightly bumped corner. No markings. Text block and hinge sound. Book won the National Book Award for 1938. Basis for the first film done by Alfred Hitchcock in the U.S. and won Academy Award for Best Film. Jacket is professionally made facsimile of first printing with ads on rear panel of new fiction from publisher and protected in mylar. . First American Edition. Cloth. Very Good Plus/Fine (Facsimilie Dust jacket). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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: Timothy Norlen Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 004689
  • Title: Rebecca
  • Author: Du Maurier, Daphne
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good Plus
  • Jacket condition: Fine (Facsimilie Dust jacket)
  • Edition: First American Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doublday, Doran & Co.
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1938
  • Bookseller catalogs: Modern First Editions;
  • Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall


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