DU MAURIER, Daphne. Rebecca.

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DU MAURIER, Daphne Rebecca. London, Victor Gollancz, 1938

8vo. Beige paper wrappers with black lettering with 'Uncorrected' stamped to front cover; housed in orange and blue flap case which features red morocco leather labels with gilt lettering of title and 'Uncorrected Proof 1938' on case spine; pp.[5] 6-446 [2] ; creased, toned, some loss and possibly reglued spine; very delicate front cover and half title with slight tear at bottom edge of spine; discolouration to upper edge; pencil markings to end leaves; corner crease to lower cover; otherewise very good.
Uncorrected Proof of the Classic Novel
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again"...Rebecca is arguably Daphne Du Maurier's most loved work, and is a gothic tale which follows the story of the second wife of a wealthy Englishman attempting to build a life in the shadow of her former counterpart. In 1937, Du Maurier had signed a deal with publisher's Victor Gollancz, and had since her marriage in 1932 been toying with the idea of basing a novel around the theme of jealousy. She noted that her husband had been "engaged before – to glamorous, dark-haired Jan Ricardo", and she retained suspicions that he was still attracted to her. In The Rebecca Notebook of 1981, du Maurier "'remembered' Rebecca's gestation ... Seeds began to drop. A beautiful home ... a first wife ... jealousy, a wreck, perhaps at sea, near to the house ... But something terrible would have to happen, I did not know what...". In her notes prior to writing she claimed "I want to build up the character of the first [wife] in the mind of the second...until wife 2 is haunted day and night...a tragedy is looming very close and CRASH! BANG! something happens.'"On completion, Du Maurier herself called it "a sinister tale… psychological and rather macabre", and parallels were drawn with both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
In order to write the book, Du Maurier estranged herself from her family and she successfully delivered the final manuscript to publishers less than four months later. Gollancz initially ordered a first print run of 20,000 copies, but within a month Rebecca had sold more than twice that number. It has been continuously in print since 1938.