“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

  • Brave New World.

Brave New World.

Item Number: 54051

London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.

First edition of the Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. In near fine condition with the spine gilt fresh.

After the success of his first three novels, Huxley abandoned the fictional milieu of literary London and directed his satire toward an imagined future. He admitted that the original idea of Brave New World was to challenge H.G. Wells’ Utopian vision. The novel also marks Huxley’s increasing disenchantment with the world, which was to result in his leaving England for California in 1937 in search of a more spiritual life. The book was immediately successful" (Parker & Kermode).