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    An Inscribed First Edition, First Printing of "Gone with the Wind," as Well as Three Typed Letters Signed "Peggy" by Mitchell and a Ticket Stub from the 1939 Film Premiere in Atlanta

    Margaret Mitchell. Gone with the Wind. New York: Macmillan, 1936. First edition, first printing with "Published May, 1936" on copyright page and no note of other printings. Inscribed by Margaret Mitchell on front free endpaper: "To Vivian Latady with much love from Margaret Mitchell / Dec. 3, 1936 / Atlanta, Ga." Octavo. 1,037 pages. Original gray cloth decoratively stamped and lettered in blue on front cover and spine. Front hinge cracked; binding loose. Wear to head and tail of spine. Cloth nicked at head of spine and splitting and fraying at top of both joints. A near very good copy.

    Also, with Three Typed Letters Signed by Margaret Mitchell (who has signed them "Peggy"), addressed to "Vivian" [Latady], including: Atlanta, September 1, 1936. She thanks her friend Vivian for a gift and tells her about her bout of severe eye strain: "My eyes are a little better but I cannot read or write and the doctor says I must do neither of these things for at least three months." One page. [and:] Atlanta, June 21, 1937. The bulk of the letter concerns Mitchell's apology that she would not be able to meet Vivian's friend. She goes into great detail of the utter chaos of her life since the publication of her book and how she had made a promise to herself that she would no longer meet any strangers. "This has annoyed a lot of my acquaintances who thought I had gone very high-hat, for they believed that an author should be on permanent exhibit like the Quintuplets or a two-headed Negro baby." Two pages. [and:] Atlanta, November 14, 1939. Mitchell describes the frenzy of the December 15th Atlanta premiere of the Gone with the Wind film: "Everything has been topsyturvey and all atwit here in Atlanta since the date of the premiere was announced...." She encourages Vivian's friend to book a hotel room as soon as possible since "rooms are fading rapidly." All letters are on Mitchell's stationery with her name printed at top, each sheet measuring 10.875 x 7.125, with the usual folds. All are in near fine condition; the 1937 letter has some toning around the edges.

    Also included is a ticket stub from the Atlanta premiere of Gone with the Wind, at the Loew's Grand Theatre on Dec. 15, 1939. Ticket has an illustrated vignette showing Rhett and Scarlett in an embrace with Tara in the background. Ticket has been torn in half. 2.25 x 3.75 inches. Fine.


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