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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The first edition of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published in 1936 by The Macmillan Company in New York. It consisted of only about 5000 copies. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the next year. It went on to at least 100 more printings and is one of the bestsellers of all time.

First Edition Points:

  • Date of 1936 on title page (if there is no date on the title page it is a book club edition)
  • “Published May, 1936″ on copyright page
  • “GONE WITH THE WIND” in the right column on the rear panel of the dust jacket
    In the second printing “GONE WITH THE WIND” was moved to the very top of the left column
    In later printings there were reviews of Gone with the Wind on the rear panel

Early printings can identified to the printing by counting the printings on the copyright page:

“Set up and electrotyped. Published June, 1936 [2nd].
Reprinted June (twice) [3rd & 4th], July (three times) [5th, 6th, 7th],
August (six times) [8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th], September, 1936 (four times) [14th, 15th, 16th, 17th],
October, 1936 (six times) [18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd]“

Making the example I used a 23rd printing. I have labeled the printings in brackets to explain how to identify which printing you have. For even later printings just continue counting each printing mentioned and remember that May isn’t listed so count that first than June and so on. Printings continue to be labeled this way into November, December, January of 1937, February, March, April, the years 1938, 1939, 1940 and so on.

The Photoplay Movie Edition, which was labeled “Motion Picture Edition” was issued in January, 1939.
It was illustrated with stills from the movie starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh. It was issued both in wraps (softcover) and in hardcover with dust jacket.

Book Club editions generally have less pages (while the trade edition had 1037 pages) and do not state any printings on copyright page.

The first edition book is often sold with later printing or facsimile dust jackets. Watch out for those who state that their book is a First Edition without providing these points.

First Edition of Dust Jacket:
Fine, Perhaps $40,000 but very hard to find a Fine/Fine example, if signed with good provenance $100,000
Very Good, $6000-$7500, if signed $15,000
First Edition without Dust Jacket
Very Good, $750-$1000, if signed $4,000
The Second Printing “Published June, 1936″ is worth about $500 in dust jacket, if signed $2,000
Other early printings in dust jacket generally sell for between $50 and $150, without dust jacket between $10 and $40
Any later printings with Mitchell’s signature would be worth at least $1,000.

Motion Picture Edition (December, 1939) Paperback is worth about $35 and the hardcover with dust jacket is worth at least $250 for the first printing of this edition.
The Grosset & Dunlap (1939) photoplay edition is worth about $100 in a nice dust jacket.

Many collectors also buy each individual printing they can find so they can have a complete set of the printings of Gone with the Wind. Several of these printings are harder to find in dust jacket than the First Printing.

First Editions of this book on Abebooks

First Editions of this book on Biblio

First Editions of this book on Ebay

Many collectors also buy Gone with the Wind memorabilia and collectibles such as plates, figurines, movie posters, documents or photos signed by Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, lamps, dolls, etc. If you are interested in these type of items I would suggest you search eBay. It’s probably the best place to find those type of items.

140 Responses to “Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell”

  1. 1
    stacey rashkin:

    would you be able to speculate on the value of a june 1936 edition thats in good shape but with out the dust jacket?

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    Stacey: if it is the second printing which states “Published June, 1936″ with no mention of later printings than it should be worth about $100-150.

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    Elizabeth Clark:

    What is the value of an illustrated motion picture edition published in 1940, hard copy, in good condition, but without the dust jacket?

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    I just purchased a copy that has the date in roman numerals — 1936 — no month, no subsequent publications, no jacket. Very good condition. Any thoughts?

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    About $10, maybe $20 if your lucky, on Ebay.

    Any copy that has the date in roman numerals is a book club edition and does not have any collectible value.

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    Greetings! I have a rather old looking copy of “Gone With The Wind” 1936 October edition. As I was leafing through the pages I noticed that the page 524 has part of the page literally cut short, and at the top of the page “GWTW” upside down with the page 529 on it. On page 528 it is also is cut short with the letters “GWTW” unside doen with the number 525….the happens again on page 526 and page 533. Is this part of the printing in all October editions? Just curious…..Regards, Azahar

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    Azahar, I don’t think it is a feature of all October printings, in fact there may be only a few like this. Unfortunately it doesn’t make it worth more – though perhaps collector may be interested.

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    Diane Davis:

    I have the June 1936 edition with all of the printings shown throughout the 1936. I only have the book and not the book jacket. I would like to know the approximate value and where can I sell it. Thanks for your help.

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    I have a motion picture edition. But the cover is unusal, it’s antually shows “The flight to Tara”. And THERE ARE NO ILLUSTRATIONS at all, I don’t think THERE EVER WERE ANY ILLUSTRATIONS….Is that weird of something?

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    David Munk:

    I have a first edition book club edition (the year is in roman numerals) in average condition (some looseness to the spine – not a lot and some scuff marks on the spine) without the dust jacket. I want to sell it on ebay. what do you think a fair price to start it would be.

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    Sorry but none of the book clubs have any value.

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    Marilynn Bachorik:

    I’m curious about the edition I have. It’s gray with a blue spine. On the back of the title page it states the Copyright, MCMXXXVI by the MacMillan Company but no other dates of publication. It’s only 689 pages, but it’s very small print in double columns. I hate to admit that I threw away the jacket when I was a teenager.
    Anyone have any information about it–maybe a book club edition printed like that to cut down on cost by saving paper?

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    You have a book club edition as is evidenced by the 689 pages, the double columns and the MCMXXXVI date. The trade edition had 1037 pages, single column, and the 1936 date on the title page.

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    I would like to know more about this “Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell” edition I have. It’s is a blue hard cover with gold inlay on the spine and on the front cover only and all blue on the back. On the back of the title page it states the Copyright as being, MCMXXXVI by the MacMillan Company. I think from what I can remember it has about 700 pages give or take a page or two. Oh by the way before I forget I believe it has double columns. It was given to my wife after her Aunt passed away. Hay is you there yet?

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    I have a first edition; 1936 on the title page and on the following page it just says “Set up and electrotyped. Published May 1936.” There are no additional dates, so I believe this is a true first edition. It does not have the dust jacket, but has some small tears at the top and bottom of the spine. This copy is also signed. It almost looks like pecil, but I believe it is pen (maybe a calligraphy type pen – hard to say). Any idea the value and also do you know how I go about authenticating the signature? Thanks for the advice.

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    You have a book club edition. None of the trade editions have a roman numeral date.

    Very nice.

    Here are some samples of Margaret Mitchell’s signature:

    You could pay someone to authenticate it but I doubt it would be worth it.

    I would say it should be worth at least $3000 as the lowest price on Abebooks is $4900 but its hard to get a good price sometimes.

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    I have a 1936,June copy of Gone With the Wind. I found a newspaper page inside with a picture of Barbara O’Neill and Thomas Mitchell who played the parents of Scarlett at the Oriental and Woods theaters. Is this worth anything? How about the book? It is grey and in good shape

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    Carol: if it is the second printing which states “Published June, 1936? with no mention of later printings than it should be worth about $100-150.

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    Hi, I have a Motion Picture Edition from MacMillan Co, where the bottom of the print run information says Illustrated Motion Picture Edition, Published December, 1939. It has a red hardcover with blue lettering and a color photo of Gable and Leigh. The Publisher’s Prefact talks about the ten million people reading it, and it has the 3 pages of casting info. Color photos on p. 8, 24, 168, 137, 201, etc. Total of 391 pages. Definite cover, corner and spine damage, and I don’t know if it ever had a jacket but it’s gone if so. Binding is intact, but minor to moderate wear on some pages. Any idea if this is a rare edition or what this is and how much it’s worth?

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    Leslie Michelitsch:

    I have a Complete and Unabridged Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It is a motion picture edition Published December, 1939. Reprinted January, February, 1940 with a Dust Jacket. From everything you said above, I believe it is an original first edition motion picture edition. If I wanted to sell it, what would be the best way to go about doing it?

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    I have a December 1939 Motion Picture Edition Hardcover that belonged to my mother. What would this book be worth. It is green. Pages are all in tact and in excellent condition. Spine is hanging on. Thank you.

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    Will a 1936 edition be worth more than a few hundred dollars when 2036, the 100 year anniversary, approaches?

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    After reading all these different written stories I am shocked. I only thought there was one “Gone with the wind” Great movie, terrific book. The books I find are always better. I have a blue hard book. No dust jacket. It was my moms. I amagine my little girl at the time tore it up. I am puzzled, I do not know nothing about Title pages, etc, etc, But it does say Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell, and at the bottom it says. The macmillan company New york. Next page is. Copyright 1936 by the macmillan company. copyright renewed 1964 by Stephen Mitchell and Trust Company of Georgia as Executors of Margaret mitchell Marsh. Copyright renewed by Stephens Mitchell.

    all rights reserved.

    Simultaneouly published in Canada

    Printed in the United States of America

    Next page, to J.R. M. 719 pages not counting all the vacant ones. Can you help me if this book is worth keeping, selling, or trashing?

    My home address is Luana Graff
    5432 Joy Court
    North Port, Fla, 34287

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    Velva Childress:

    I have a Gone With the Wind that shows Copyright, 1936-first line, top of page and Illustrated Motion Picture Edition published December 1939. Reprinted January, February, 1940. It has 391 pages and a few illustrations from the movie. Would this book carry a value significant enough to insure? Can you give me names of persons who can repair said book? The binding is completely gone. Please advise.

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    donald hart:

    Could you please tell me if the 1936 edition marked “Published June 1936. Reprinted June, 1936. July, 1936 (Three times.)August, 1936.(Four times.)” is the October 1936 edition.Are there any value for the early editions that are not first editions?

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    If there are no other printings mentioned after the December, 1939 on the copyright page you have a first printing of the Motion Picture edition. It the condition it is in it probably wouldn’t be worth more than $20.

    You have the Second Printing of the Motion Picture edition. If the dust jacket is in pretty good shape it should be worth about $100.

    I would expect it to be worth $20 without the dust jacket.

    Yes, I would expect that when 2036 comes around that there would a be a greater interest in that year for Gone with the Wind books but I can’t say whether they would increase in value much. Probably the first printing would increase in value quite a bit but the rest of the 1936 printings are not likely to be worth more than $20 or $30 even then.

    Donald: What you have is the fourth August Printing. There were 6 printings of Gone with the Wind in August, 1936. If it were an October printing it would state October along with the other months on the copyright page.

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    No, I do not think it would be worth insuring. If it were the first printing of the motion picture edition in nice condition you it might be worth insuring if you had other books to insure as well but since this is a second or later printing of said edition and in bad shape it isn’t really worth much.
    Here is a link to the current prices on Ebay for the Motion Picture Edition:

    To find someone who can repair books search the following terms on Google:
    Book Binder
    Book Conservator
    Book Repair

    You should be able to find someone but they will likely charge $50 an hour + costs.

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    I have a Gone with The Wind hardcover copyright 1936, by THE MACMILLAN COMPANY. Published June, 1936. Reprinted June (twice)……… (four times), March, October, 1937; February, 1938, October, 1938 ( three times ), November, 1938. Very good conditio, but no dust jacket. Any idea of its worth.

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    Your book is worth between $10 and $20 in the current market. There are people who collect each printing but they aren’t likely to pay more than between $10 and $20 for a 1938 printing without a dust jacket.

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    Rebecca Jamison:

    Didn’t find this particular question already asked: My hardcover copy of GWTW – Copyright page reads “Set up and electrotyped. June,1936″. Underneath “Reprinted June, 1936″. No dust cover, although book description from dust cover is glued to inside front and back covers. This appears to be an old library edition with the library card holder still glued to the back having check-out dates beginning Jul 23, 1936 – Sep 8, 1936. Still in pretty good shape considering age. Recently bought at an Estate Sale for $10. Any value above this? Thank you.

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    I have a gone with the wind hardcover that has a date of 1936 and has 1037 pages.No dust jacket.

    What can you tell me

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    I have a hardcover Gone With the Wind with dust jacket and author’s signature on first page. In very good condition.Copyright,1936. Published June 1936,reprinted June(twice),July(three times),August(six times),September 1936(twice). Can you give me any information?

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    Jane Brown:

    I have a Gone with the Wind Hardcover copyright 1936, by the MACMILLAN COMPANY, Published June, 1936, reprinted June (twice), July (three times), August (six times), September, 1936 (four times), October, 1936 (six times). In good condition; doesn’t have a dust jacket, but the hard cover is in good condition. Approximate estimated worth?

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    What is the rough value of a 1st Edition, 1st printing (May 1936) in very good condition without dust jacket, signed by Margaret Mitchell?
    I am trying to figure out what “facsimile” dust jackets are, who made them, when they were made, and if the addition of one adds to the book’s value, or is worthless.
    Thanks for your service!

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    I have an old copy of Gone with the Wind. The cover dose not have a dust cover but looks just like the dust cover would with the drawings and everthing on it in green. It has the cover page with the date ripped out of it however. Is there any other way to tell what year it was published? Would it even be worth anything since this page with the date is ripped out?

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    amh8806:!/photo.php?fbid=10150328864725355&set=a.10150290296840355.511232.887665354 here is a picture of the book I explained above

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    Rebecca Jamison:
    You have a third printing. Since it is Exlibrary without a dust jacket, I doubt you would be able to get more than $10-$20.

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    Stu DePriest:

    My copy of Gone With the Wind says Set-up and electrotyped Published June 1936.
    Reprinted June(twice) July(three times) August(six times) September 1936(four times) October 1936(six times) November 1936(three times) December 1936. Any value? No dust jackey ,good condition.

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    I have a Motion Picture Edition 1940. Does anyone know what it is worth?

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    Hello, I left a question on Nov. 14. Please see it on the list. Can you help me with the value of my book?

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    gayle robinson:

    I have a gone with the wind book, flat grey , no cover. copywright MCMXXXV1, by the Macmillian company. 689 pages with two columns per page. I take it this has no value?

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    It’s hard to tell but you should be able to get at least $2,000, probably a bit more.
    Here are some samples of Margaret Mitchell’s signature:

    1936 printings are worth about $10-$25.

    Later printings the first year generally sell for between $10-$25.

    It depends on if it is hardcover or paperback and if it has a dust jacket.
    If it is paperback $10, if hardcover $20, if in dust jacket maybe $40. These are just estimates as it depends on condition as well and whether someone will pay you these prices.

    Here are some samples of Margaret Mitchell’s signature:

    You could pay someone to authenticate it but I doubt it would be worth it.

    I would say it should be worth at least $3000 as the lowest price on Abebooks is $4900.

    A FACSIMILE dust jacket is an exact copy of the first edition dust jacket. It doesn’t add any value to the book although it can be nice to have. FACSIMILEs have been made for years. Usually they are marked as such but occasionally they are not. Generally you can tell that the jacket wasn’t printed in 1936 when you feel a FACSIMILE dust jacket.

    Gayle: Yes, it is a book club edition with basically no value.

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    Thank you for publishing this information. You are extremely patient with all of the people who ask the same question that you have already answered several times:)

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    Stephanie Wakefield:

    I have a copy of Gone with the Wind on the publication page is says “Copyright, MCMXXXVI,By The MAMCILLAN COMPANY” It is followed by the “All rights reserved…..etc.” on the botom of the page is says “PRINTED IN THE UNITED STAQTES OF AMERICA”. There is not dust jacket the front of the book is plain but the spine is printed with the title, author, and printer. Any ideas is this is truly a first edition and the value.

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    Stephanie Wakefield:
    Any copy that has the MCMXXXVI roman numeral date on the copyright page is a book club edition and has no value.

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    I have black hardback cover that states:
    Copyright 1936 by Macmillan publishing company, a division of Macmillan, Inc. Copyright renewed 1964 by Stephens Mitchell and Trust Company of Georgia as executors of Margaret Mitchell Marsh. Copyright renewed 1964 by Stephens Michell.

    All rights Reserved. No parts of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by and information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Publisher.

    Second page states: to J.R.M
    It dose have 1037 pages and has never been read.
    can you tell me about how much its is worth. Thank you very much.

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    It sounds like you have a later printing from the 1960′s or 1970′s.
    Most likely there should be a number line like 66 65 64. The lowest number would be what printing the book is. Some people do collect each printing even the later ones like this but I don’t think anyone would pay more than $10.

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    The first page on the GWTW book that I have has a note written by hand. It says “Mother from Margaret” “Christmas 1936″.
    Also has Set up and electrotyped. Published June 1936. Reprinted June(twice), July (three times), August (six times), September, 1936(four times), October, 1936 (six times), November, 1936(three times), December, 1936. I looked up Margaret’s signature and it looks the same. Could this be an original?

    Many Thanks

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    I would be quite interested in seeing a photo of the inscription.
    I think it probably isn’t a Mitchell autograph.
    Mitchell’s mother died in 1919. So unless there is another person she would call mother it seems unlikely.

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    I have a GWTW book it seems to be a red/orange color book. And it says Copyright 1936. Set up and electrotyped. Published June 1936 Sixty fifth printing October 1949. No dust jacket

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    I have a January,1937 GWTW in a near fine dj with a GREEN “PULITZER PRIZE WINNER” banner around the dj. How many do you know about and approx. value? Thanks, Les

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    I have a GWTW book in very good condition-a little damage to the top of the spine-no jacket. Copyright, 1936, by The Macmillan Company. Published May, 1936. Any idea on its worth? Thanks a bunch!

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    Hi – thanks for all your advice with this. Any idea of the value of a May, 1936 first edition with a June 1936 cover? Don’t know how that happened, but the back DJ definitely has GWTW listed at the top of the first column rather than the second and the price reads $1.49 which seems also seems wrong? The book seems to be original first printing, though. Thanks!

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    Erick Price:

    hello i might be able to get a first edition gone with the wind 1936 (May) needs new binding for 400 dollars would it be worth it to buy it and fix it needs to be rebound it does not have dust cover just wanting your two cents thank you.

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    Good morning. I have a 1st edition, 13th isuue. It has a dust jacket in pretty good shape that says “THIRTEEN PRINTINGS . . . 326,000 COPIES” My grandmother wrote her name in it. What’s the best way to deal with books like this? Inherited a few different first editions, a few signed by authors. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you. – Jed

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    Mr. Gutenburg.
    I have a copy of Gone With the Wind.It was my grandmothers copy.
    On the copyright page it says

    Copyright 1936 by The MACMILLAN Company.

    Setup and Electrotyped.Published June 1936.
    Reprinted June(twice),July(three times),
    August(six times),September(four times),
    October(seven Times),November(four times),
    (six times),February(four times)

    the next page it just says :

    The above info is verbatim.
    I doesn’t have the dust cover it is in good shape the binding is in good condition , no pulling away or tears or rips.I has been in a box stored in the attic for God knows how long and does show a little wear on the spine but no tears.The pages have a little yellowing very end of the pages and it seems that some dampness at some time has discolored some pages but none of the facing on the pages are damaged .The pages are not evenly cut like today’s books and the pages are thicker than most.The cover is grayish with blue writing on the spine and title.
    I hope that this helps and thank you
    Rick Perry

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    Julia Stenzel:

    could you tell me aboout the value of my copy?
    I have a hardcopy of 1937 (THE MACMILLAN COMPANY)without dust cover. It has a signature “To Helene Pflästerer argret Mitchell Atlanta,March 30, 1937″
    The signature is authentic, as the old lady Mme Plästerer was a personal acquaintance of mine and she knwew Margret Mitchell personally.
    Thank you

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    Julia: I think it would be worth Between $1500 and $2000. A dealer may be able to get more. It is good that you have a good provenance on it. With signed books people want as much information as they can to determine that is not a fake.

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    Rick: Sorry for the delay. I assume you want to know the value. It is worth between $15 and $25. Earlier ones sell for bit more.

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    Jed: Sorry for the delay. If I had the book I would put it on Ebay. You probably can get between $50 and $125 out of it.

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    Erick: Sorry for the long delay in replying. It may be worth buying if you are a collector. If you are thinking about selling it after you have it rebound I do not think you could make any money on it.

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    Sorry for the delay. The dust jacket would seem to be a 1940′s printing (maybe 1942) as that is when they had the $1.49 price. In the 1930′s they had a $3.00 price on it. Someone “married” the later dust jacket to the first edition book. It should be worth $900 or so depending on condition.

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    Why do the book club editions of GWTW have no value? Thank You.

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    Hey there, I just picked up a first edition book from a thrift store this week. It’s not in good condition at all but I had a question about the introduction in the book. The introduction is in a different font than the rest of the book, it’s in like a typewriter font. You can even see where it was backspaced/erased and then continued. Does that make sense? Wasnt sure if that was normal or not. Thanks in advance for your help! :)

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    That seems strange. I have a First Edition in my hands as I type this and there is no Introduction in the first edition. Perhaps someone typed up an introduction and bound it into the book.

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    Book Clubs of GWTW have no real value because:
    1. Book Club Editions of almost any book are not collectable.
    2. Book Club Editions of GWTW are very common, they are inferior quality compared to trade editions, and tehy have a different dust jacket illustration.

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    I have a gone with the wind book dated copy right MCMXXXVI, On the opposite side page is written: To J.R.M
    Do you know who this person is and if its a first edition?

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    I am a very happy owner of a 1936 book club edition. It’s one of my most prized possesions, even though it does not have any value in collector market. I picked it up when I was about 9 years old at my local library book sale for ten cents! Love that it’s printed in newspaper columns.

    To me it’s priceless. :)

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    William rath:

    I have a 1961 edition of GWTW, it has cover and an insert about the author. It’s in fair condition. It also states it’s a anniversary edition. Any thoughts on price or history.

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    Hello, I have a copy of Gone with the Wind. Its a hard cover with the dust jacket. The book I would say is in good condition as is the jacket.

    The information states: Copyright 1936 by the MacMillan Company. Set up and electrotyped. Published June 1936, Reprinted June (twice), July ( three times ),August ( six times ),September 1936 ( four times),October 1936 ( six times ),November 1936 (three times ).

    Could you please tell me the approx. value of this book.

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    carl freeman:

    I have a first edition/first printing, May 1936 with 1037 pages. My question is it has a brown leather cover with the front board separated from the spine. The spine has the book title/author and the words “first edition.” I understand this cover is not original, so is it best to restore this cover or have a new calfskin cover made for this edition. Thank you in advance.

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    john boyle:

    i have a gone with the wind copyright 1936 printed in november 1936 good condition no dust cover does any one whats its worth ?

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    Sam Humphrey:

    I have a first edition of Gone With the Wind signed and dated. It was a gift from my mother’s aunt. Signiture looks authentic when comparing to other Margaret Mitchell signitures. The signiture is Mrs. Hunt Mitchell. I can not find any reference to a Mrs. Hunt Mitchell in her bios. I can email the page if it helps. Any thoughts.


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    michelle larocque:

    i have a copy of gone with the wind copyright mcmxxxvi, the cover is bare but the spine has the title and authors name, 689 pages counted, excluding the blank pages, the writting is in two coloms on each page, i think this is a club edition, but in a previous letter you stted $2000, in another one you said book club editions are worthless

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    I have an old Gone With The Wind that my mother had. After reading most of the above it appears to be a book club edition because of the roman numerals. That’s good to know at this point. I do have a question… Ms. Mitchell wrote on the dedication page, To, J.R.M.
    Who is this person? And, is this dedication in all of the books no matter whether they are frist editions, etc. Also, I do not have the dust jacket and wondered how much it may be worth?

    Thank you for any infor you can provide.

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    Sorry about the delay in replies on this site. I have been too busy too do anything with this for quite a while.

    All GWTW books that have 689 pages are book club editions and are not first editions in any sense. They are fairly worthless on the market. The person the book was dedicated to: J.R.M. was her second husband: John R. Marsh, who was the one who inspired her to write the book.

    If your 1961 edition is a book club edition there would be no value; if it is a trade edition with a price on the dust jacket in nice condition it might be worth $7.50 or $10. There are collectors looking for later printings but they have to be the trade edition and in nice condition.

    Your November, 1936 printing with Dust Jacket should be worth between $50 and $150 depending on the condition. An average copy would probably sell for $50 and a nice copy might go for over $100.

    It might be worth rebinding it. A first printing rebound in nice leather you might get $500-$600, maybe a bit more.

    A November printing in good condition would sell for between $10 and $25, once in a while one will sell for more on Ebay (usually when misrepresented).

    I don’t know anything about a Mrs. Hunt Mitchell and I was not able to find anything. If you look up her genealogy maybe you might come up with something but I couldn’t.

    I don’t know what you are talking about when you say I stated the worth as $2000 in a previous letter. The date on the copyright page means nothing. If it is roman numerals it is a book club edition. There are thousands of book club copies and they all are worth nothing. The two column page layout is found only in the Book Club edition.

    The person the book was dedicated to: J.R.M. was her second husband: John R. Marsh, who was the one who inspired her to write the book. All GWTW books that I have seen have that dedication. Yes, it would be a book club edition if it has roman numerals and thus it is not worth anything.

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    I’m glad that your Book Club Edition of GWTW is priceless to you. I am sure there are many others that feel the same way. Most of the people that view this post are looking into finding out the value of their books monetarily and that is the nature of most of the here.

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    Hi, I just picked up a copy of Gone with the Wind at a thrift store ($3!), from what I figured it’s the 35th printing (ends at “January 1937 (five times)”), non-bookclub, no DJ. Binding is a little exposed in the inner rear cover but it seems strong, covers are not loose and no missing pages. Inner covers are brown with age and it has a handwritten message from a father to daughter on the cover page. Also, a modern sticker on the title page in the upper right with a later owner’s name and address. Other than that the book looks good throughout, very clear text.

    I don’t intend to sell it, but given that condition what would this be about worth? I’m just curious how far my $3 went. :)

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    Hello and thank you for your help.
    Today from a charity shop I got a First Edition Gone with the Wind, June 1936 with 1037 pages. The binding is in ‘used’ condition, but the inside is in good condition with lovely hand-cut pages. You have probably answered this question a million times before, but could you possible tell me about how much it is worth/
    Best wishes

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    I read this whole thread. Just wanted to say thanks for the load of good info. I picked up an August 1936 edition (8th printing) today at goodwill for $2. Has dust jacket in pretty good shape. Not a bad score.

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    The second printing (June, 1936) in that condition is worth maybe $50 or $75. It depends. I sold one on Ebay for $200 but that was a pretty nice one.

    Great! It’s nice to get a bargain. I’ve found a few of those early printings in dust jacket myself.

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    $3 isn’t a bad price. These go for about $10 to $20 on Ebay but occasionally less. But $3 is a good price. I would have picked it up for that price!

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    I have a Hard Cover Gone With the Wind book in German. Bottom of copyright page states “Copyright 1937 by H. Goverts Verlag G.m.b.H., Hamburg, Druck: Hanseatishe Druckanstalt GmbH, Hamburg Printed in Germany. Next page top center it states “Erstes Buch” which translates to first book. Any idea of value? No dust cover.


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    It’s hard to say. I had a copy of the German edition in Dust Jacket (later printing from about 1955). I think I sold it for $25. I am not sure you can tell if it is the First German Edition. The one had looked like a First German Edition but it mentioned on the dust jacket that Margaret Mitchell had died, meaning that it was at least printed after 1949. If you can get $10 or $20 out of it it would be good. A First German Edition in Dust Jacket probably would sell for at least $150.

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    I would think that maybe the Dust Jacket did not belong to that book? I appreciate your response and information. I am by no means any book expert…just love the story, Mom was German and I was given the birth name of Scarlett, really! Thanks much!

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    I think there was a dust jacket but I can’t say for sure. Very interesting that your mother was named Scarlett!

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    No, her name was very German…she came here to the states and named me Scarlett. Thank you!

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    Oh, I didn’t mention that on the cover there is a picture lined in “gold” of Tara about 1 1/2 inch wide 1 inch high. On the spine the text is also in gold. The book is tan. I can’t find ANYTHING on this particular book.

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    I picked up a GWTW edition that I believe is a trade issue without a dust cover and some damage to top of spine. The last date on the copyright page is October, 1936. (seven times). Does this mean it was a November first reprint? Do you have an idea of value?

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    Yes, that would be a trade printing. It would be the 7th printing in October 1936. As far as value they usually go for $10 or $15 but sometimes more (the better the condition the better the price you can get.

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    Jule Roberts:

    I have several first editions of GWTW, however, I have one that is a 4th printing 1936, 1037 pages, all in beyond excellent condition. Unlike the others, on the title page, beneath Gone With the Wind, is a photo of Margaret Mitchell printed on the page. I have not seen another like this, can you tell me anything about it, I can’t find any information about this printing.

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    I thinks I have a rare book. Text in two columns per page. 689 pages. No copyright. no title page. title on spine only. Book is blue. Do you have any ideas when it was printed or value? It is Macmillan. Thank you.

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    Wondering what the actual print dates were for the October 1936 seventh printing. Hoping it falls on my anniversary and that’s the 23rd. My husband bought me the book as a gift for our anniversary and I’m hoping it makes his thoughtfulness even more meaningful. Thank you.

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    We have a copy of a 1953 printing of “Gone With the Wind” in German translation. Book is Hardcover, no dust jacket but in very good condition, about two inches thick. First I’ve ever seen of this version. Lots of posters in German but no but I’ve seen. Does this have any value other than the usual for this age.? Publisher is “IM LESERING DAS BETELSMANN BUCH” 1953.

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    I have a copy of GWTW that reads New York, The Macmillan Company 1937…What is approx worth of such an addition?…thanks

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    I read through the thread, but didn’t see an answer to my question…so if you have already answered it, I apologize! I’m just wondering when the book club edition (with the roman numerals MCMXXXVI) was published? I know they don’t have any monetary value, but I’m just curious about the publishing date. Thanks so much!

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    1938. No cover, but signed by Vera B. Mitchell 1939.

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    I have a Gone With The Wind grey color leather? Inside reads copyright 1936 by The Macmillian Co. copyright renewal 1964 by Stephens Mitchell
    And Trust Co. As executors of Margaret Mitchell Marsh. copyright renewed 1964 by Stephens Mitchell. All rights reserved

    Simultaneously published in Canada

    Value please

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    Rosemarie: Not much.

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    Misty: Most of the book club editions were actually printed in the 1960′s or later. I don’t know for sure but I doubt it was printed before the 1950′s.

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    Larry: German editions aren’t worth too much except a first German edition which was from 1937.

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    Stephanie: I wouldn’t know the exact dates. Macmillan might not even know anymore.

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    Pamela: Not rare. Book Club Edition. Two columns means BC Edition.

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    I don’t know. I have never seen or heard of one with a photo of Mitchell. I would be interested in seeing a photo.

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    Neisha: Not sure who Vera B. Mitchell is.

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    Rich: Less than $20. If it was super nice copy maybe a little more. With dust jacket up to $125.

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    Mary Jane Reynolds:

    I have a gray, no book jacket, copy of GWTW. Reads “set up and electrotyped. Published Junr, 1936. Reprinted June, July (three times), August (three times), 1936. What edition might this be? It’s a gift to my mother dated November 1, 1936 and in good shape?

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    carol hepner:

    I have a first edition of Gone With The Wind is anybody interested in buying it?

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    willard t:

    i have a copy of gone with the wind only date has on it is the roman numerals for 1936 is this a first edition also if i may maybe one of you can help have a copy of treasure island illustrated from 1921 pub by charles scribner & sons new york cannot find info any where on it thank you for your time

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    All copies with roman numerals are book club editions (or much later printings).

    As far as Treasure Island from 1921 I would think that it would be the N.C. Wyeth Illustrated Edition. It was originally published in 1911 so your copy would be a later printing, maybe worth $10 to $20 depending on condition (less if poor condition or exlibrary, more if there is a dust jacket).
    Treasure Island Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth

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    All copies with roman numerals are book club editions (or much later printings).

    As far as Treasure Island from 1921 I would think that it would be the N.C. Wyeth Illustrated Edition. It was originally published in 1911 so your copy would be a later printing, maybe worth $10 to $20 depending on condition (less if poor condition or exlibrary, more if there is a dust jacket).
    Treasure Island Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth

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    Mary Jane:
    I think it is a Ninth printing. Probably worth $25.

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    I would be interested in buying but I wouldn’t pay enough so I would suggest that you list it on ebay.

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    willard t:

    to gutenburg thanks for the help they where gifts so would defanetly not sell them just happy to have them i new to book collecting have part of the original harvard classics as well as a book of sir walter scott dated 1860 among two other books i have from the 18 hundreds one question tho what year more or less would my gone with the wind be?

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    Patia Walsh:

    I have a signed ,1937 (January, 1937 (twice) ).
    The signature is dated Feb 22,1937
    there is no dust jacket & it has some spine damage
    does it sound like there might be any value in it?
    What if it were to be repaired?

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    I have a copy of gone with the wind limited edition book published 1976 by the Franklin Library exclusive for subscribers in excellent condition. The inside cover is red and what looks like satin cloth. There is no isbn number. Can you tell me if it is valuable. Thanks.

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    If it is a authentic signature it would definitely be of value. Even with spine damage it should sell for at least $1000.
    I wouldn’t bother repairing it. It probably wouldn’t be worth it.

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    Your Franklin Library edition is worth about $75.

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    Thank you. I have another book: The Heart Of The World printed 1887 by Elder Publishing Company. A picture of the Author is on the inner second page and signed by the author G. S. Weaver, this book is quite used and bound cloth. There is no ISBN number, is it a valuable book. Thank you.

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    Christine Glenn:

    I have a copy of G.W.T.W., no dust jacket. Inside it says “set up and electrotyped. Published June, 1936. Reprinted June (twice), July (three times), August (six times), September 1936 (four times), October 1936 (twice). What edition might this be?

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    Pat Davis:

    I have three volumes of Gone With the Wind in Japanese with a hand written note in each one from Margaret Mitchell “To the Reference Department of the Atlanta Carnegie Library from Margaret Mitchell,
    Atlanta, Ga, May 6, 1939″.

    Each volume has the same note, signed and dated.
    On the inside of the cover of each is the stamp “Discarded”.
    A member of my family bought these in a used book sale in the sixties. Please give me your opinion of the value of these books.
    Thank you.

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    I have a copy of Gone with the Wind, no idea how old as it only has copyright, MCMXXXVI. No other info on when it was printed. No dust jacket. Any clue on this?

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    Seems I have an August 1936- 3rd printing but what I have that is interesting is original newspaper reviews of the book. There is a name of ‘Mary Melling w Miller’ date of 11-12-1936. Also has some handwriting about reviewed and some dates. More newspaper clips of actors talking about the book and which actor they think would be good for it. Also a newspaper clipping of the review by Wm. F. McDermott. Another newspaper clipping with Mrs. Margaret Mitchell picture
    (Copyright 1936,by N.A.N.A. Inc) There are checkmarks, words & phrases circled indicative of a reviewed book.

    That is just some of the newspaper clipping in this book. Any ideas?

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    I have a copy of Gone With The Wind..Green Book..No copy rights page just has the title page by Margaret Mitchell at the bottom of page has THE MACMILLAN COMPANY New York…The Book has 689 pages it’s a very old book hard bound copy and no jacket the only title is on the binding not the cover at all…I was only wondering what year it may have been published I believe it is a book club edition but not sure…

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    Milton Stanford:

    Who is Edna Lewis name is signed In my gone with the wind 1964

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    I purchased a green leather copy with 3 cotton bolls on the cover at a garage sale recently. It is missing the dust jacket. It appears to be the 24th print matching all the criteria listed above. However, I cannot find anything online that resembles the cover. Have you ever run across a similar one?

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    Brian Abamont:

    There is a seventh printing in October 1936, at least that is what my edition says.

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    Brian: Yes, there was a seventh printing in October 1936 (24th printing overall). The example I used stopped at the 23rd printing (6 times in October) but you can keep going on the same principle.

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    Jim: Perhaps it was rebound in a different binding. If you upload a photo to a free photo website send me a link and I’ll take a look at it.

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    Those are definitely of interest and would add some value to the book as well as to the intrigue of this particular copy. I looked up the name really quick. I couldn’t find anything.

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    Milton: I’m not sure if it is the same Edna Lewis but there is a famous person with that name:
    Edna Lewis (April 13, 1916 — February 13, 2006) was an African-American chef and author best known for her books on traditional Southern cuisine.

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    Larry: Yeah, all copies with 689 pages are book club editions. It’s probably from the 1960′s or 1970′s but it’s hard to say for sure.

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    Jessica: All copies with dates in roman numerals are book editions. MCMXXXVI is 1936 by the way but your copy was printed much later, probably in the 1960′s or so.

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    Pat: Margaret Mitchell’s signature is quite valuable. Each volume should be worth about $1500 to $2000. If it’s a three volume set then I would try and get $4000 or $5000. It’s fairly unique so it’s possible you could get more but they are exlibrary so maybe not.

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    Christine: 19th if I counted correctly.

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    I have a Gone With The Wind book ISBN 0-02-585390-2 with the dust jacket and in excellent condition is it worth

    Thank you.


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    I recently acquired a Gone With the Wind book, and I believe it is the 3rd printing (Published June 1936, reprinted June 1936). I have googled images and it doesn’t look like any of the other books. It doesn’t have a dust jacket, but the cover is more elaborate with embossed leather corners and the ‘spine’ is leather with raised bands. Is this some sort of special edition with value? Thanks!

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    Hi, have a British edition of GWTW 1938. Book is signed by Margaret Mitchell.

    For Harold Latham from Margaret Mitchell Atlanta,Ga June 22, 1938

    Any value?

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    It sounds like you have a copy that has been rebound nicely in Leather. Yes, something like this might sell for about $75, maybe a bit more.

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    Sure, it should be worth at about $2,000. If it was a first printing it would be worth more.

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