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“From One Seminary Girl To Another”:

Inscribed By Margaret Mitchell

71. MITCHELL, Margaret.

Gone with the Wind.

New York, 1936. Thick

octavo, original gray cloth, dust jacket.

$22,000.

First edition, in first-issue dust jacket, of this American classic, inscribed

by the author: “From one Seminary girl to another. Margaret Mitchell.”

While some communities have merely struggled with Gone with the

Wind and its complicated portrayal of the antebellum South, others have

banned it for reasons ranging from Scarlett’s racist narrative voice to an

overly realistic depiction of slavery.

Said to be the fastest selling novel in the history of American publish-

ing (50,000 copies in a single day),

Gone with the Wind

won Mitchell

the Pulitzer Prize. The inscription references Washington Seminary in

Atlanta, Georgia, which Mitchell attended from 1914 to 1918. Interior

fine, light scattered foxing to fore edge, original cloth extremely good.

Some wear to extremities of bright and unfaded dust jacket affecting

the ‘E’ in “GONE.” Extremely good.

“Wilkerson and Hilton

furthermore told the negroes

they were as good as the whites

in every way and soon white

and negro marriages would be

permitted, soon the estates of

their former owners would be

divided and every negro would

be given forty acres and a mule

for his own.”

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