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DU MAURIER, Daphne (1907-89) | Rebecca ,


London : Gollancz, 1938

First Edition in the dust-jacket. 446 pages. Publisher’s black cloth with the title lettered in gilt at the top left of the front board and on the spine above the name of the author, with the publisher’s name at the tail. Boards bright with just some slight areas of scuffing and some light rubbing to the points of the corners, also the bottom edge of the boards is slightly rubbed. The dust-jacket is soiled at the joints although the front panel is bright and torn at the head and tail of the spine with small sections missing. Internally this is a nice clean copy with no ownership signatures and The Books Society bookplate belonging to GL Matthews mounted to the front free endpaper.

Rebecca became one of du Maurier’s most successful works. It was a major hit on publication, went on to sell nearly 3 million copies between 1938 and 1965 and has never gone out of print. The novel is perhaps best remembered for sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, the fictional Cornish estate of Manderley (based on Du Maurier’s own home), and its classic opening line: “LAST NIGHT I dreamt I went to Manderley again”.

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