Hard Cover. London: Victor Gollancz Limited, 1938. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt; in the original pale yellow dust jacket, lettered and ruled in black and magenta. Book near fine, with some light wear to the extremities, minor spotting to the page edges and endpapers, otherwise bright and clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some light wear and creasing to the extremities, minor toning to the spine and panel edges, short closed tears to the spine ends, a hint of soiling to the otherwise fresh panels. An excellent copy in the extremely fragile dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rebecca is a suspenseful novel that opens with the iconic line, "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again," which immediately establishes the dream-like, haunting quality of both the novel and its main setting. The plot is narrated by the second Mrs. de Winters, the new wife of wealthy widower Maxim de Winters, who used to live at his country estate Manderley with his first wife, Rebecca. Throughout the novel, the narrator is tormented by Rebecca's former nursemaid, the sinister Mrs. Danvers, who glorifies her former mistress and attempts to break up the newlywed de Winters. However, "To suggest the story in brief compass is impossible. The reader must experience the atmosphere of impending disaster, the exquisite love story with its emotion heightened by drama, the surprises, the superb moment of melodrama." Rebecca, du Maurier's most famous novel, was adapted into the notable 1940 film by Alfred Hitchcock, whose signature style also hinged on a suspenseful development that outshone the plot itself. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.