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Rebecca. by  Daphne Du Maurier - Signed First Edition - 1938 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 119443)

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Rebecca.

by Du Maurier, Daphne

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London: Victor Gollancz Limited, 1938. First edition of du Maurier's masterpiece which was later made into the Oscar-winning 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with a signed note by Daphne du Maurier laid in on her letterhead, dated July 1st 1973. A nice example. 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.

Synopsis

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. 

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

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
119443
Title
Rebecca.
Author
Du Maurier, Daphne
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Victor Gollancz Limited
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1938
Keywords
Daphne Du Maurier First Edition, Rebecca First Edition, Rebecca First Edition Uncorrected Proof
Bookseller catalogs
Literature;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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First Edition
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octavo
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fine
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Cloth
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