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Animal Farm by George Orwell, First US Edition, in Original Dust Jacket, 1946

Sale price$4,000.00

Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1946]. First U.S. Edition. Octavo. In publisher's original first edition dust jacket and black cloth hardcover boards. With new archival quarter leather and cloth clamshell. 

This first American edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm features the original 1946 dust jacket as designed by Art Brenner. Published by Harcourt, Brace and Co. in 1946, this stated first American edition has all the first edition identification points and its original black cloth hardcover boards. It is presented with a new archival quarter-leather and cloth clamshell featuring a photo of the author inlaid on the front. 

George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair, was a famous novelist, essayist, and critic. He headed the Indian service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was a literary editor for the Tribune, a left-wing socialist paper aligning with his political values. Orwell gained popularity as an author after Animal Farm was first published in England in August of 1945.  Animal Farm is a fable, loosely based on the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.

Orwell wrote Animal Farm between November 1943 and February 1944, when the United Kingdom was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany, and the British intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem. The manuscript was initially rejected by a number of British and American publishers, largely due to fears that the book might upset the alliance between Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union.  Although this delayed publication, it invariably led to better commercial success when the book did appear in 1945, partly because international relations were transformed when the wartime alliance gave way to the Cold War.  

“With the rising popularity of Communism and the general political upheaval of the time, [Animal Farm is] a political fable that partly recounts, in an allegorical mode, the aftermath of the Russian revolution, and partly illustrates a belief in the universal tendency of power to corrupt" (Stringer, 22). “Animal Farm is [Orwell’s] masterpiece” (Connolly 93).

Time Magazine chose it as one of the 100 best English-language novels (1923 to 2005); it also featured at number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels. It won a Retrospective Hugo Award in 1996, and is included in the Great Books of the Western World selection. 

CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Original black graphic dust jacket. Dust jacket rubbed, with slight toning, corners clipped but price intact. $1.75 price point. The dust jacket has been covered in protective mylar. Original black cloth hardcover boards, with gilt titles. Internal pages are healthy and clean.  Stated ”First American Edition” on the copyright page.  Book is housed in a custom red and black quarter-leather clamshell with gilt titles, stamps, and raised bands to spine. Clamshell features a photograph of George Orwell on the front.

Book Dimensions: 7 1/8" H x 5 1/8" W x 5/8" D. Slipcase Dimensions: 8 3/4" H x 6 1/4" W x 1 1/2" D.  Accompanied by our company's letter of authenticity.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell, First US Edition, in Original Dust Jacket, 1946

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Animal Farm by George Orwell, First US Edition, in Original Dust Jacket, 1946
Animal Farm by George Orwell, First US Edition, in Original Dust Jacket, 1946 Sale price$4,000.00

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