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ORWELL, George.

Rare books by George Orwell, including signed first editions, first editions, and finely bound copies of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

George Orwell (Eric Blair, 1903–1950) was British journalist, political essayist, and author known for his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. Orwell’s political consciousness first developed when he served as a police superintendant in Burma during the late 1920s and was dismayed by the effects of colonialism. 

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  1. Down and Out in Paris and London.

    Down and Out in Paris and London.

    First edition, first impression of Orwell's first full-length work, a two part memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities. An "immensely interesting book [...] a genuine human document, which at the same time is written with so much artistic force that, in spite of the squalor and degradation thus unfolded, the result is curiously beautiful" (Compton Mackenzie). Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 94784

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  2. Down and Out in Paris and London.

    Down and Out in Paris and London.

    First edition, first impression of Orwell's first full-length work, a two part memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities. An "immensely interesting book [...] a genuine human document, which at the same time is written with so much artistic force that, in spite of the squalor and degradation thus unfolded, the result is curiously beautiful" (Compton Mackenzie). Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112415

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  3. Burmese Days.

    Burmese Days.

    First UK edition (first published in the US in the previous year), first impression, of Orwell's second book and first novel. Orwell's book, the result of five years service as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma 1922-7, was initially rejected by Gollancz amid concerns that this caustic critique of colonialism might be considered libellous to those portrayed, so it was first published further afield in America. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 64242

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  4. Burmese Days.

    Burmese Days.

    First UK edition (first published in the US in the previous year), first impression, of Orwell's second book and first novel. Orwell's book, the result of five years' service as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma 1922-7, was initially rejected by Gollancz amid concerns that this caustic critique of colonialism might be considered libellous to those portrayed, so it was first published further afield in America. Learn More
    £47,500

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 90849

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  5. Keep The Aspidistra Flying.

    Keep The Aspidistra Flying.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 43084

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  6. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author for fellow novelist Anthony Powell, "Geo. Orwell" on the front endpaper, with Powell's bookplate to the front pastedown. The first edition consisted of 3,000 sets of sheets of which only 2,500 were bound. Of these more than 200 were destroyed during the war. The book which "would eventually produce one of his [Orwell's] most substantial adult friendships" (Taylor - Orwell The Life). Learn More
    £35,000

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103159

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  7. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    First edition, first impression. The first edition consisted of 3,000 sets of sheets of which only 2,500 were bound. Of these more than 200 were destroyed during the war. Copies in dust jacket appear on the market with considerable infrequency. We have handled just two other examples. Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Learn More
    £28,500

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 90846

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  8. The Road To Wigan Pier.

    The Road To Wigan Pier.

    First edition, first impression, trade issue. One of just 1000 published in this format. A review copy with the publisher's slip laid in. The other versions are in the familiar limp orange cloth of the Left Book Club. Copies of this seminal work of reportage in this state and condition are deeply uncommon. Probably more than in any of Orwell's other non-fiction, it is in these pages that large portions of his masterpiece 1984 first took form: most obvious perhaps the recurring image of womanhood as seen from a passing train, a woman grown huge from childbirth, up to her elbow in cabbage-odoured water, making a futile attempt to unblock a drain. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 90131

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  9. Coming Up For Air.
    signed

    Coming Up For Air.

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author "Geo. Orwell" on the front free endpaper. From the library of Michael Meyer with his 1945 ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, Meyer is best known for his revered translations and biographies of Ibsen and Strindberg. He was extremely well connected in literary circles of mid 20th century Britain and included Graham Greene and George Orwell amongst his closest friends. Learn More
    £25,000

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 70706

    Signed: Yes

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  10. Inside the Whale

    Inside the Whale

    and Other Essays.
    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. The publisher's retained copy with their rubber stamp to the half title leaf. Orwell may well have been the finest essayist England produced in the entire century. Despite his radical credo in his essays he remains the last of the great Victorian prose stylists. Besides the title essay, this book prints his notable studies of Charles Dickens and boy's weeklies. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 95962

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  11. Inside the Whale

    Inside the Whale

    and Other Essays.
    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Orwell may well have been the finest essayist England produced in the entire century. Despite his radical credo in his essays he remains the last of the great Victorian prose stylists. Besides the title essay, this book prints his notable studies of Charles Dickens and boy's weeklies. A scarce book in any condition - copies as nice as this are rare. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 81858

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  12. The End of the "Old School Tie".

    The End of the "Old School Tie".

    Second edition reset, with an introduction by George Orwell. The colophon reports that the first printing of this book in April 1941 was destroyed in its entirety by enemy action. The book is part of the Searchlight Book Series, which included The Lion and the Unicorn by George Orwell. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108022

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  13. Burmese Days.

    Burmese Days.

    First edition, first printing of Orwell's second book and first novel. Orwell's book, the result of five years service as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma 1922-7, was initially rejected by Gollancz amid concerns that this caustic critique of colonialism might be considered libellous to those portrayed, so it was first published further afield in America. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 95284

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  14. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution.

    James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution.

    First separate edition, first impression. Originally published under the title, "Second Thoughts on James Burnham" in Polemic 3. Scarce. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 87553

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  15. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution.

    James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution.

    First separate edition, first impression. Originally published under the title, "Second Thoughts on James Burnham" in Polemic 3. Scarce. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 88965

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  16. Nineteen Eighty Four.

    Nineteen Eighty Four.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 83323

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  17. In Kent.

    In Kent.

    Hop-Picking. With a critical introduction by Medway Fitzmoran and Postscript by John Blest of Homefarm, Wateringbury.
    Limited edition, number 76 of 300 copies. Individual book form of the essay "Hop-Picking", Orwell's account of spending the summer of 1931 in Kent picking hops. The text was first published in The New Statesman and Nation on 17 October 1931; in book form it first appeared in Volume I of The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters (1968). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: Wateringbury

    Stock Code: 91369

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  18. The Works.

    The Works.

    Down and Out in Paris and London, Burmese Days, A Clergyman’s Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, Coming Up for Air, Animal Farm, Nineteen-eighty Four, An Age Like This 1920 - 1940, My Country Right or Left 1940 - 1943, As I Please 1943 - 1945, In front of Your Nose 1945 - 1950.
    A handsomely bound set of Orwell's complete writings, novels and essays including a biography by Michael Sheldon. This set was first published in 1986. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1996

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109830

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