Treasures: Limited edition ‘Gone with the Wind’ was gift from author

April 19, 2015 2:00 AM

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Treasures: Limited edition ‘Gone with the Wind’ was gift from author

Q: My grandmother was best friends with Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind. The tea scene with Scarlett (O’Hara) was done because it reminded Ms. Mitchell of my grandmother. When my grandmother died, my sister was given her numbered edition of Gone with the Wind that was personally given to her by Ms. Mitchell, but it was not signed by the author. The book is marked #226 of 1,000 and was issued on Dec. 1, 1939. Although my sister would never sell it, do you have any idea of its worth?

A: Initially, Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949) is said to have wanted to title her magnum opus “Tomorrow is Another Day.” But she chose the resounding phrase “gone with the wind,” which came from the first line of the 1894 poem Non Sum Qualis eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae by English poet Ernest Christop...

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