George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four – First Edition 1949 – in the green wrapper

1984

George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four – First Edition 1949 – in the green wrapper

£4,750.00

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£4,750.00

First edition, first printing. Published by Secker and Warburg, London, in 1949. This is a very good (or better) copy. Publisher’s original pale green cloth with lettering to spine in red and the rich, red top-stain still intact. Some spotting to preliminaries and edges with a few other isolated and minor instances to a few other pages. Some creasing to page 190 and to top corner of page 76 & 77. Boards beautifully clean and red top-stain is unfaded and well-preserved. The original and unclipped dust jacket – designed by Michael Kennard, has some tears to edges with areas of rubbing and some minor loss to spine tips and chipping to corners with a few internal repairs. There are thin patches of rubbing to the spine. The green and red dust jackets were issued simultaneously with no priority between them. Overall, this is a very good (or better) copy of an iconic title and without restoration.

Nineteen Eighty-Four has become a classic literary example of political and dystopian fiction. It also popularised the term “Orwellian” as an adjective, with many terms used in the novel entering common usage, including “Big Brother”, “doublethink”, “Thought Police”, “thoughtcrime”, “Newspeak”, and “2 + 2 = 5”. Parallels have been drawn between the novel’s subject matter and real life instances of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and violations of freedom of expression among other themes. Time magazine included the novel on its list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005, and it was placed on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list, reaching number 13 on the editors’ list and number 6 on the readers’ list. In 2003, it was listed at number eight on The Big Read survey by the BBC.


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First edition, first printing. Published by Secker and Warburg, London, in 1949. This is a very good (or better) copy. Publisher’s original pale green cloth with lettering to spine in red and the rich, red top-stain still intact. Some spotting to preliminaries and edges with a few other isolated and minor instances to a few other pages. Some creasing to page 190 and to top corner of page 76 & 77. Boards beautifully clean and red top-stain is unfaded and well-preserved. The original and unclipped dust jacket – designed by Michael Kennard, has some tears to edges with areas of rubbing and some minor loss to spine tips and chipping to corners with a few internal repairs. There are thin patches of rubbing to the spine. The green and red dust jackets were issued simultaneously with no priority between them. Overall, this is a very good (or better) copy of an iconic title and without restoration.

Nineteen Eighty-Four has become a classic literary example of political and dystopian fiction. It also popularised the term “Orwellian” as an adjective, with many terms used in the novel entering common usage, including “Big Brother”, “doublethink”, “Thought Police”, “thoughtcrime”, “Newspeak”, and “2 + 2 = 5”. Parallels have been drawn between the novel’s subject matter and real life instances of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and violations of freedom of expression among other themes. Time magazine included the novel on its list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005, and it was placed on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list, reaching number 13 on the editors’ list and number 6 on the readers’ list. In 2003, it was listed at number eight on The Big Read survey by the BBC.