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ORWELL, George.

Inside the Whale

and Other Essays.

Published: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1940

Stock code: 95962

Price: £15,000

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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. A scarce book in any condition – copies as nice as this are rare.

Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a quarter morocco green solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Very mild spotting to the boards but an exceptionally nice copy in the nicked, little tanned and lightly rubbed dust jacket.

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