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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Identifying First Edition Points of Issue

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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - First edition points of issue.

Year Published: 1936

Publisher: Macmillan

Pages: 1037

Price: $3.00

Copyright page: The copyright page states "Published May, 1936" with no other date statements. Books that state on the copyright page "Published June, 1936" are second printings.

First Edition Total Publication: 50,000 copies

First Edition Points of Issue: On the first printing dust jacket, "GONE WITH THE WIND" is listed second down in the right column. In the later printings "GONE WITH THE WIND" is at the first book listed in the left column. Later printings contain reviews of the book.

If the title and scroll work do not appear on the front cover and spine the book is likely a Book Club Edition.

The copyright page of a first edition, first printing will state the following:

Copyright, 1936, by
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

All rights reserved—no part of this book may be
reproduced in any form without permission in writing
from the publisher, except by a reviewer who wishes
to quote brief passages in connection with a review
written for inclusion in magazine or newspaper.

Set up and electrotyped. Published May, 1936


A Book Club Edition will have a copyright notice like the one below:


 

Copyright, MCMXXXVI,
BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

All rights reserved—no part of this book may be
reproduced in any form without permission in writing
from the publisher, except by a reviewer who wishes
to quote brief passages in connection with a review
written for inclusion in magazine or newspaper.


Notice that the publishing year is in Roman numerals in the book club edition at the top of the statement and there is no specific month or year of publishing at the end of the statement.

A true first edition must have a publish notice that states that the book was published in May, 1936.  If the publish notice shows June, 1936 or any other date, it is a later printing.

Watch out for the facsimile edition of Gone With the Wind, published in 1964. These books are identical in appearance to the original first edition, but were printed and published in 1964 or later. The only way to tell a facsimile edition apart from a true first edition is by the 1964 copyright notice on the copyright page.

Size: 8vo - 8 to 9 inches tall

Bound:Gray cloth boards with printed blue text and design.

Front Cover First Edition of Gone With the Wind

 

Dedication: ?

 

Description and interesting facts:

This was Margaret Mitchell's first and only published book.  It took her ten years to complete the novel.

The novel had sold over 30 million copies. Six months after its release, in December of 1936, the novel had sold one million copies. By fall of 1941, it had sold 2,868,200 copies. In 1946, authorized foreign sales of the book were estimated to be up to 1,250,000 and American sales had reached 3,713,272. In 1956, worldwide it reached the eight million mark; by 1962 it had grown to ten million; by 1965 it was twelve million. In 1983, the number reached 16 million.

About a month after the publication of Gone with the Wing, David O. Selznick secured the film rights for $50,000. His production company, Selznick International Pictures, produced the film, and it was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer. Sidney Howard adapted the screenplay from the novel. The film was directed by Victor Fleming and starred Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. The film was re-released by New Line Cinema in 1998. The film won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay.

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