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Rebecca : With A Photo And A H/W Card Both Signed By The Author by  Daphne Du Maurier - First UK Edition - 1938 - from Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB and Biblio.com

Rebecca : With A Photo And A H/W Card Both Signed By The Author

by Du Maurier, Daphne

Condition: Very Good++/Very Good++


The First UK printing published by Gollancz, London in 1938. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Light pushing at the spine ends. Light toning and spotting to the text-block with some of the spotting encroaching onto the page edges in a few places. Some spotting and light toning to the end-papers and prelims. A neat previous owner's penned name to the front blank end-paper. The binding remains tight. The fragile WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. Some edge wear with loss at the spine ends and corners. Some nicks and light creasing to the edges. A professional Japanese tissue repair to the verso of a closed tear to the lower front spine fold but no restoration. Light toning to the spine, folding and flap edges. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. Loosely inserted is : 1) a 13 x9 cm colour photograph of Daphne Du maurier with her two dogs. This photo has been signed : ' Best wishes from Daphne Du Maurier'. 2) a 14 x 9 cm plain postcard which has been signed : 'With best wishes , yours sincerely, Daphne Du Maurier, January 1978'. A very collectible copy of Du Maurier's most famous novel which was very successfully adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 which went on to win an Oscar. Scarce with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.

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 : With A Photo And A H/W Card Both Signed By The Author




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

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