“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them": Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Inscribed by Him
Brave New World.
Item Number: 98934
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1946.
Early printing of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Antoinette Hurtrel with all good wishes, Aldous Huxley, 1947.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which is a slightly shorter than the book with light rubbing and wear. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
"A nightmarish prognostication of a future in which humanity has been destroyed by science… easily Huxley's most popular (and many good judges continue to think his best) novel" (DNB). "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, 161-62). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 Greatest Novels of the twentieth century.