“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First Edition of George Orwell's Classic Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Nineteen Eighty-Four.

$6,800.00

Item Number: 82312

London: Secker & Warburg, 1949.

First edition of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell. A nice example.

Written while Orwell suffered severely from tuberculosis and published shortly before the disease claimed his life, the novel is a work “of hectic, devilish, claustrophobic intensity… nightmarish in the telling” (Clute & Nicholls, 896). In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Named as one of Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the twentieth century. “It is quite simply a novel which has changed the world” (Pringle, 100 Best Science Fiction Novels 1). Fenwick A12a. Connolly 99. Anatomy of Wonder II:838. 100 Most Influential Books 93.

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