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.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in yellow. With the dust jacket. Housed in a quarter morocco solander box. 32 photographic plates. An excellent copy in the nicked and sunned dust jacket, somewhat dusty and with minor loss at the top of the spine panel and a couple of light ring marks to the upper panel. Exceedingly scarce in the dust jacket.