Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, First Edition, Circa 1949

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London: Secker and Warburg, 1949. First edition - bound in beautiful quarter leather and housed in a custom matching slipcase.

This is a first edition, first printing of George Orwell's famous dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Published in June of 1949 by London's Secker and Warburg, the novel is set in a society where most of the world population have become victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and propaganda.

"No other dystopian novel has received the critical acclaim or had the wide-ranging influence that 1984 has" (Books of the Century, 161). 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).

Writing of Orwell, Christopher Hitchens said, "'the three great subjects of the 20th century were imperialism, fascism and Stalinism… Orwell got all three right" (New York Times). It was this aptitude for politics that enabled Orwell to create a cautionary tale at once remarkably profound and widely accessible. "It is possible to say that the ghastly future Orwell foretold has not come about simply because he foretold it: we were warned in time" (Burgess, 99 Novels, 46). For its enrichment of the English language—bequeathing such words as "doublethink," "Newspeak," and, of course, "Big Brother"—and its warning about the dire consequences of unchecked power in any hands, 1984 remains a literary landmark.


First edition, octavo printing. Internally, pages are clean and healthy. No marks or tears present.

This first edition printing has been beautifully rebound in a bright blue full leather binding, with raised bands, gilt titles, and decorative gilt tooling on the spine and the front boards. The book is presented with a matching blue cloth slipcase, with an inlay of the author's portrait on the front.

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