American author (1900–1949) whose single novel, Gone With the Wind, became one of the best-sellers of all time and spawned one of the most fabled movies in Hollywood history. She died after being struck by a speeding car at the age of 48. Signed book: Gone With the Wind. First edition, first printing (with “Published May, 1936” on copyright page). NY: Macmillan, 1936. Hardcover with dust jacket (second-printing jacket, with Gone With the Wind listed at the top of the first column), 6 x 8.75, 1037 pages. Signed in black ink on the front free end page “Margaret Mitchell.” Autographic condition: scattered toning to signed page, not detracting from Mitchell’s bold and crisp signature, otherwise fine condition. Book condition: VG+/VG-. When Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind, she had no idea of the sensation it would become. It was an instant bestseller, selling over 1,000,000 copies within the first six months of its publication, and she became so overwhelmed by the countless requests that she received to autograph copies of her novel that less than a year after its publication, she vowed not to sign any more, not even for close friends or relatives. A handsome copy of this 20th-century classic, particularly elusive in uninscribed examples.
Margaret Mitchell signed first printing of Gone With the Wind