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George Orwell

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.
    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... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 94784

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  2. 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... Learn More
    £47,500

    Stock Code: 90849

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  3. 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... Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,500

    Special Price £1,125

    Stock Code: 64242

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  4. 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... Learn More
    £28,500

    Stock Code: 90846

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  5. 103159comp
    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.brThe book... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 103159

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  6. 121391
    First edition, first impression. The first edition consisted of 3,000 sets of sheets of which only 2,500 were bound. Of these 219 were destroyed in a bombing during the war. Uncommon in the jacket. Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 121391

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  7. 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... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 90131

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  8. 120734comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. It is extremely scarce signed, with no other copies traced at auction. Orwell originally believed The Road to Wigan Pier would not be included in Gollancz's Left Book Club as "it is too fragmentary and, on the surface, not very left-wing" (Fenwick).... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 120734

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  9. Inside the Whale
    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... Learn More

    Regular Price: £12,500

    Special Price £9,375

    Stock Code: 81858

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  10. 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,... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 95284

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  11. 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

    Stock Code: 87553

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  12. 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

    Stock Code: 88965

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  13. British Pamphleteers.
    First editions, first impressions thus, of this collection of pamphlets published over the last five hundred years. George Orwell edited and contributed the introduction to volume I, which was published in November 1948. His death in January 1950 led to A. J. P. Taylor replacing him as joint editor and writing the introduction... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 105773

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  14. 120304
    First edition, first impression. Copies of the first impression were issued either in green or dark red dust jackets. To judge from surviving examples, this was done in proportions of about two green to one red, but there is no priority between them. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 120304

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  15. 122885
    First edition, first impression. Copies of the first impression were issued either in green or dark red dust jackets. To judge from surviving examples, this was done in proportions of about two green to one red, but there is no priority between them. Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 122885

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  16. The Works.
    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

    Stock Code: 109830

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