“I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly": SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ALDOUS HUXLEY'S BRAVE NEW WORLD
Brave New World.
Item Number: 87948
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
Signed limited first edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original yellow cloth, gilt topstain as issued. One of a limited edition of 324 numbered copies signed by Aldous Huxley on the limitation page. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Huxley wrote Brave New World in response to H.G. Wells’ Utopian novels of the early 20th century. Set in London in the year 2540, the novel anticipated future developments in psychological manipulation and reproductive technology which created a profound shift in the character of society. "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.