A very collectible copy of Du Maurier's most famous novel
Du Maurier, Daphne ~ Rebecca : With A 2 Page Typed Signed Letter From The Author Discussing ‘Rebecca’ : With A Photo Signed By The Author
Gollancz, London : 1938
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, folds and flap edges. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. With a loosely laid in typed letter signed by Du Maurier , September 17th, 1966, 2 pp., to an Ian Pepper of Stoke-on-Trent, on Menabilly, Par, Cornwall headed paper discussing her novel Rebecca, '...the story of Rebecca is not a romantic novel as such, but a study in jealousy. It is a story both complicated and simple and it was hoped that it would be appreciated by the more thoughtful reader and as you are obviously a thoughtful young man then this author's wish has been fulfilled. Mrs de Winter was indeed a good sort but in life circumstances change and she could well be as jealous and possessive as the next person or as unprincipled and envious as this uncertain world might make her. First names. I am afraid that I have been asked this question many times and although I did not give her a first name in the book, it was my first thought to call her Gabrielle - her husband, if you remember, made a reference to a lovely and unusual name and she herself remarked that it was 'unusual to have it spelled correctly'...No Ian, I shall not write another book about the future of the personages of 'Rebecca'. I shall let them all rest in the minds of my readers, consigned to a world without end. As for advice, I shall say only this, Be Yourself. Try to be happy and cheerful and always be faithful to those that you love.', signed 'Best wishes, Daphne Du Maurier'. A horizontal fold and housed int the original addressed envelope. There is also a loosely laid in 13 x9 cm colour photograph of Daphne Du maurier with her two dogs. This photo has been signed : ' Best wishes from Daphne Du Maurier'. 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 ephemera.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good++