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Rebecca by  Daphne du Maurier - Signed First Edition - 1938 - from Fine Book Cellar ABA ILAB PBFA (SKU: 1476183138817)


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by du Maurier, Daphne

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  • hardcover
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  • First
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First edition, first impression (Gollancz, 1938). A slip signed, inscribed and dated by the author is loosely laid-in. Adapted on several occasions for stage and television with a further film adaptation due in October 2020.

Publisher's original black cloth with lettering to spine and upper board in gilt. A very good copy with a little light marking to rear board, usual spotting to edges and, much more occasionally, to contents, primarily to preliminaries and closing pages; free from previous owner names and inscriptions. Some browning to the spine panel of the dust jacket with chipping to head and foot; closed tear to spine head; a little chipping to corners with a couple of small holes to upper panel fore-edge; moderate marginal toning to lower panel. A very good copy of a classic of modern literature.


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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du Maurier, Daphne
Book condition
Used - Very Good
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Very Good
Victor Gollancz Ltd
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du Maurier, Daphne, Rebecca, First
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