FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Pushing to spine ends, tanned edges, a few creased pages and a scatter of marks, “Aduqi” in blue pen to rear endpaper. Else, clean and tight. In Val Biro’s lovely arboreal dust jacket: spine sunned, wear and chipping to extremities, especially head of spine, amateur tape reinforcement to reverse, a few short closed tears and nicks. Still, a very good copy of Du Maurier’s short story collection.
Renowned for featuring the first appearance of ‘The Birds,’ this collection, according to Patrick McGrath, “represented a new development in her work, and a somewhat pessimistic departure from what had come before,” being marked instead by “the theme of a natural world mysteriously antagonistic to humanity” (McGrath, 2007). The collection also features Du Maurier’s repurposing of Gertrude Lawrence’s dramatic adieu following a night spent together (Dunn, 2013): “Go from me, and don't look back, like a person walking in their sleep,” for the usherette’s parting words in ‘Kiss me Again, Stranger’. Lawrence died unexpectedly a few months before The Apple Tree was published, leaving Du Maurier grief-stricken.
Author DU MAURIER, Daphne
Publisher London: Gollancz
Condition Very good/ very good