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    First Edition of "Gone With the Wind" with a Promotional Pamphlet Annotated in Mitchell's Hand

    Margaret Mitchell. Gone With the Wind - First Edition [with] Pamphlet Annotated by Mitchell. New York: Macmillan Company, 1936.

    First edition, first printing with "Published May, 1936" on copyright page with no note of other printings. In first issue dust jacket with Gone with the Wind listed in the second column of Macmillan Spring Novels list on back panel. Octavo. 1037 pages.

    Original gray cloth, blue-stamped front board and spine. Tiny spot to front pastedown. Book is in absolutely pristine condition with one extremely shallow bump to top corner of front board and a wrinkle to base of spine. Sheets are bright. Binding is tight and square. The book is in fine condition. The dust jacket is chipped along the edges and rubbed along the folds. There are several closed tears. The top corner of the front flap has been clipped, but the $3.00 price is still present at the bottom corner of the front flap.

    The second item in this lot is a 22-page promotional pamphlet printed by Mitchell's publisher titled Margaret Mitchell and Her Novel, originally published in 1936. "This booklet has been compiled in response to a flood of requests from readers all over the country for information about the author and her book." There are corrections and additions to the text in black ink in Margaret Mitchell's distinctive hand. It appears these notes were written in the winter of 1937, as she refers to the book's sales figures through October and November of that year.

    Her notations include: "[As of] Nov. 1937 Gone With the Wind has been published in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Poland and Czechoslovakia." (We invite you to take note of the lot of foreign-language editions of Gone With the Wind which is also offered in this sale, Lot # 91108.) In the section titled "About the Author," she clarifies that it was a badly sprained ankle that necessitated a lengthy recuperation. On the facing page, she has blocked out the words "after my auto accident" from the sentence "[B]ut the fact remains that I never read 'Vanity Fair' till about a year and a half ago after my auto accident." She seems to have felt rather strongly about this redaction as the words are crossed out completely and she has scratched so heavily with the pen that the paper is somewhat scarred and the ink has bled through to the verso.

    The small cream-colored pamphlet is very lightly rubbed and has a penciled notation in an unknown hand on the front cover. The condition of this item is near fine.

    Provenance: Stephens Mitchell, brother of Margaret Mitchell and Executor of her estate, to a long-time employee of Stephens Mitchell who was a family member of our consignor.


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