MastroNet Winter 2004
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There's an interesting story that goes along with this pair. First, Mitchell responds to a letter from a Mr. James B. Polhill Jr. with the message, "If you will mail me your book, I will be awfully glad to autograph it and send it back to you. My best to you and Virginia. Sincerely, Peggy Mitchell Marsh" (3-1/5" x 5" TLS in EX condition with "9-10" signature). Next, we have the actual autographed first edition book, signed and dated on the flyleaf, "To James B. Polhill, Jr. with all good wishes from Peggy Margaret Mitchell - Atlanta Ga Oct. 28, 1936" (rebound hardcover with clean pages, except for even toning and light soiling on the signature page, and a few tears on the half-title page and title page - inscription grades "9-10"). When Polhill passed away in 1975, his children presented the autographed copy and letter to the Jefferson County (Georgia) Library as a memorial gift. More than 20 years later, Polhill's children learned that the book was no longer a reserve copy, as had been their agreement, but was now in general circulation. Amazingly, it had not been "permanently borrowed," nor had the signed letter been removed! The Polhills reclaimed the family heirloom by replacing it with a 60th anniversary edition of Gone With the Wind. This sequence of events—described in an accompanying letter from Polhill's daughter, Rosa—explains several library stampings and the "Date Due" register that appear at the front of the book. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
1936 Margaret Mitchell "Gone With The Wind" Signed First Edition with Related TLS
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