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Rebecca ['Special Presentation Edition']

by Daphne Du Maurier [Israel Gollancz]

Condition: Good

London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1938 Book. Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. pp 446 The 'Special Presentation Edition' of Daphne Du Maurier's classic of romantic fiction which boasts one of the most memorable first lines in the English novel: 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.' This is one of 200 copies of this presentation edition which was issued in the same black cloth binding as the first edition with 'Rebecca' printed in gilt in the corner of the upper board and its designation as the 'Special Presentation Edition' emblazoned across the title page. (Victor Gollancz had this edition printed shortly after first publication for presentation to the grandees of English publishing as a way of promoting what was already a runaway bestseller.) This copy is in good condition only, the cloth is rubbed and faded, there is an unsightly stain to the inner hinge between the front paste-down and the first endpaper with spotting throughout but not on the edges of the text block. An uncommon book in this edition. Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about this book..

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 ['Special Presentation Edition']


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