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.
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Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, marbled endpapers, twin rule to turn-ins, gilt edges. A fine copy.