New York: Doubleday Doran & Company, 1938. First American edition. Octavo. Original purple cloth, silver paste-on decorated in blue across spine and both boards, dark top-stain. Book in Fine condition. Signed by the author on a tipped-in front blank, apparently issued this way by the publisher (judging from the consistent top-stain). The dust jacket is a solid Very Good + with minor wear at the spine ends and corners and some scuffs to the spine. Nonetheless a bright, attractive copy. Originally published in the UK in the same year.
Du Maurier’s sensationally popular novel, about the marriage between a young American woman and a rich, British widower. The book quickly became a best seller after its publication, selling close to three million copies in the thirty or so years after its release. The novel won a National Book Award in 1938 – when the award was voted on by booksellers, interesting enough – and came in 14th on the BBC's 2003 survey The Big Read.
Rebecca has been adapted into radio, television, and film productions, and even an Opera. The most famous of these is, of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film, produced by David O. Selznick, and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. It would be nominated for 11 Academy Awards and win two – including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #1798)