First Edition of George Orwell's Classic Nineteen Eighty-Four; Finely Bound
Item Number: 14017
London: Secker & Warburg, 1949.
First edition. Octavo, finely bound in full black morocco. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, raised bands, gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panel. In fine condition.
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.