Rare Autograph Letter Signed and entirely in the hand of George Orwell; sent months after he took up residence on the isle of jura where he would write his masterpiece nineteen eighty-four
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of great English author George Orwell. One page, the letter reads, “Barnhill Isle of Jura Argyllshire Scotland 31.5.46 Dear Sir, I of recently received your letter dated the 22nd, as I was travelling for some days before coming here. I am afraid I cannot make any engagement to speak for you, as I intend to be at the above address until October and am not certain of my movements after that. Please forgive me. Yours truly, Geo. Orwell.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Orwell. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 13.5 inches. Scarce and desirable, written only days after Orwell took up residence at Barnstable where he would compose his masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 104068
New York: Harper & Brothers 1934.
First American edition and true first preceding the British edition by one year of Orwell’s first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper to Mabel Fierz, “With very best wishes from Eric Blair.” It was Mabel Fierz who introduced Orwell to Leonard Moore (who would later become his literary agent) after salvaging the manuscript for Down and Out from the writer’s discarded papers. After first meeting Orwell in Southwold, Suffolk, Mabel and her husband Francis became close friends with the writer and often invited him to stay at their house in Golders Green. On one such occasion, Orwell gave Mabel the manuscript, which had just been rejected by Faber, and telling her to save only the paperclips, said she should throw it away. Instead she took it in person to Moore who in turn took it to Gollancz. In gratitude, thereafter Orwell presented Mabel with signed copies of all his published works. Mabel Fierz, authorial inscription, typed letter signed by Mabel’s son Adrian Fierz loosely inserted. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $55,000.00 Item Number: 67096
"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS": FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE ORWELLS MASTERPIECE ANIMAL FARM
London: Secker & Warburg 1946.
First British edition of Orwell’s timeless allegorical novel— a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. The dust jacket has the Early List for 1945 to the rear panel and the Search light motif in red to the reverse of the jacket. The jacket has a stated price of 6s. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example of this classic Orwellian tale.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 97542
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First Edition of George Orwell's Classic Nineteen Eighty-Four
London: Secker & Warburg 1949.
First edition of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Jacket design by Michael Kennard. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell. A nice example.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 98642
London: Secker and Warburg 1946.
First edition of Orwell’s essential collection of literary criticism. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119076
Limited edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Facsimile of the Extant Manuscript; number 105 of 275 copies bound in one quarter morocco by gray parrot
Weston, Massachusetts: M & S Press 1984.
Limited edition of the manuscript in facsimile of Orwell’s masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Large folio, one of 275 copies bound in one quarter navy Niger goat over marbled boards by Gray Parrot with gilt titles to the spine, this is number 105. Edited by Peter Davison. Preface by Daniel G. Siegel. In fine condition. Housed in the custom buckram slipcase, which is in fine condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117730
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head 1943.
First edition of the final novel in Lewis’ acclaimed Space Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by C.S. Lewis to fellow writer and journalist George Orwell and his wife (Eric and Eileen Blair) on the front free endpaper, “To the Blairs, with kind regards, C.S. Lewis Aug. 1945.” This is the review copy used in George Orwell’s literary review of the book which was published in the Manchester Evening News on August 16th 1945. Also with three hand-corrections to the text in Lewis’ hand which he made in all review copies before personally sending to critics. Although Lewis and Orwell were not close friends, both were employed as radio journalists by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) during WWII, an era that transformed both religious broadcasting (in which Lewis became a primary figure) and war correspondence (Orwell’s experience as a correspondent working out of the basement of the BBC during wartime was a major inspiration for his masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four). Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morrocco clamshell box. A remarkable association.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 81218