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Sidney Howard

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  • Sidney Howard
  • Gone With The Wind
final shooting script, VIVIEN LEIGH'S PRESENTATION COPY FROM DAVID O. SELZNICK, a complete mimeograph typescript without amendments, 256 numbered pages, bound with seven photographic stills from the film, dated 24 January 1939, in full maroon morocco gilt, spine in compartments, lettered in gilt on upper cover ("Gone With The Wind | Screen | Play | Vivien Leigh") and with two lettering pieces on the spine, stub where front free endpaper bearing inscription has been cut away, light wear to binding 

Catalogue Note

PRESENTATION COPY OF THE SCREENPLAY OF GONE WITH THE WIND, GIVEN BY THE PRODUCER TO VIVIEN FOR HER OSCAR-WINNING® PERFORMANCE AS SCARLETT O'HARA. David O. Selznick's ideas for a Christmas present for members of the cast, crew, and others who had been involved in the production of Gone With The Wind originally included prints of a specially commissioned painting of Tara, or plates or glassware with a picture of Tara, before he settled on specially bound copies of the script (see John Wiley, 'How many scripts did DOS present', The Scarlett Letter, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Winter 2014), 14-16). 53 copies of the screenplay, all inscribed by the producer, were given as Christmas presents, just a few days after the film's premiere in Georgia on 15 December 1939. Most copies were bound in half-morocco but this is one of a few copies, presumably to especially favoured recipients, that is fully leather bound. Each copy also included a personal inscription by Selznick on the front free endpaper, but Vivien's copy now has a jagged-edged stub where the inscribed leaf has been cut out with a pair of scissors.