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Rebecca

by Du Maurier, Daphne

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New York: Doubleday Doran, 1938 First American edition signed by author in black ink on special slick blank prelim. without inscription: "Daphne duMaurier". Page specially bound in following the flyleaf. A special limited publication. Burgundy cloth with 1 1/2" wide silver foil insert stamped in blue added to middle of cover. Top endpages stained blue. Small light spot near top of back cover. Quarter inch closed tear at top of back cover. Silver band worn at spine edges. Endpages browning near crease of front and rear endpapers - text clean and bright. Tight. Dust jacket married from a 1939 edition numbered "2765?" in red on front flap. Very good price-clipped bright and clean dust jacket has a few chips at spine ends and edges. .

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




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