NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, by George Orwell - 1949 [Early printing, DJ]


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Nineteen Eighty-Four

by George Orwell 

New York:  Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a VERY GOOD DJ under Mylar.

  • Gray cloth covers are mostly clean, with red and black text and illustration.  Boards show some staining at shoulder.  Upper corner is bumped.  See photos.   
  • Spine has red and black text and is bright with bumped ends.
  • Binding is strong. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have a gift inscription at front.  See photos. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned, shows a few stray marks.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.  See photos.
  • Text block edges have a little dust at head. 
  • DJ looks nice behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Close examination of DJ shows some edgewear, bumping, chipped corners, closed tear and chip to spine ends, sunning of spine, return corners are clipped.  See photos.
  • PS2024.0327

314 pages. 5.25 x 8 inches

When Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in June 1949, its jacket read "by George Orwell.  Author of Animal Farm."  This is the beauty of the first edition --  what it might become is still just a possibility.  This book is a very good copy of an early reprint.  The dust jacket, with caricature of Orwell by George Holland, bears critical encomiums by the likes of Bertrand Russell and Alfred Kazin.  Forty years since its publication, George Orwell's vision of authoritarianism remains fresh. 

Early, unspecified reprinting.  The gift inscription at the front fep is dated Christmas 1949.

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