This is a truly marvelous fine, signed first edition copy of “Gone With the Wind”, Margaret Mitchell’s story of the Old South that was adapted into the 1939 film classic starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, winner of eight Academy Awards.
At Britannic Auctions, we had the privilege of auctioning this marvelous “Gone With the Wind” first edition for $7,380. Presented in its original first state dust jacket, this 1936 first edition is a rare gem for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Original First State Dust Jacket
The dust jacket of this copy retains its original $3.00 purchase price to the flap and remains unclipped. Notably, the back of the dust jacket lists other books offered by the publisher, with “Gone With the Wind” displayed in the right column.
Autographed by Author Margaret Mitchell
The book is boldly signed in fountain pen by Margaret Mitchell. Upon her great success with “Gone With the Wind”, Mitchell quickly developed an intense dislike for signing her books and made her displeasure well known.
This first edition, printed in June, bears the May 1936 publication date error, a detail that adds to its desirability and value. Published by The Macmillan Company, “Gone With the Wind” remains one of the most important and beloved novels of the 20th century, capturing the imagination of readers worldwide.
Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction, 1937
Upon its initial publication in 1936, “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell garnered widespread acclaim and controversy for its epic portrayal of the Old South.
Despite criticism regarding its depiction of race and slavery, the novel became a bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937.
MGM’s Motion Picture Adaptation, 1939
The subsequent film adaptation, released by MGM in 1939, was a monumental undertaking, with producer David O. Selznick overseeing every aspect of production. Walter Plunkett’s exquisite costume designs played a crucial role in bringing the characters to life, earning the film two Academy Awards for Best Actress (Vivien Leigh) and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel), making McDaniel the first African American to win an Oscar.
“Gone With the Wind” is consistently ranked among the greatest films of all time, holding a prominent place on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best American films.
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