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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. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London.

    3 May 1932-25 Sep 1972

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, including the original contract for the book. Down and Out was Orwell's memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities, and remains among his best-known non-fiction works.
    After abandoning... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 131747

  2. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of A Clergyman's Daughter.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of A Clergyman's Daughter.

    8 Nov 1934-22 July 1983

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's first novel, A Clergyman's Daughter, including the original contract for the novel. Present are two typed letters, two autograph letters, and two autograph postcards, all signed by Orwell; all such material is uncommon in the market.
    Orwell began to write the novel... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 131751

  3. Burmese Days.
    ORWELL, George. Burmese Days.

    London : 1935

    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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135781

  4. Burmese Days.
    ORWELL, George. Burmese Days.

    London : 1935

    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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 64242

  5. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
    ORWELL, George. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    London : 1936

    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
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 121391

  6. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.

    29 Oct 1936-27 Aug 1958

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, including the original contract for the work. Orwell's classic study of industrial poverty in the north of England remains in print today, and is among the most esteemed and best-known of his non-fiction books.
    After Orwell finished Keep... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 131757

  7. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    16 Jan 1936-23 June 1944

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's second novel, Keep the Aspidistra Flying. The correspondence, often bitter, shows how far concerns with libel altered the final text of the novel, and how unhappy Orwell was about this; it contains two typed letters, two autograph notes, and one full autograph letter,... Learn More
    £50,000.00

    Stock Code: 131753

  8. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
    ORWELL, George. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 135765

  9. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
    ORWELL, George. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    London : 1936

    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... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 103159

  10. The Road to Wigan Pier.
    ORWELL, George. The Road to Wigan Pier.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author ("Geo. Orwell", his customary form when signing books with his nom de plume) on the front free endpaper, very scarce thus. 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
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 130355

  11. Homage to Catalonia.
    ORWELL, George. Homage to Catalonia.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression, in the scarce dust jacket. Orwell's previous publisher, Victor Gollancz, turned down Homage to Catalonia, the author's personal account of the Spanish Civil War, viewing it as too overtly critical of orthodox communism (Dudley Edwards, p. 246). The work was picked up by Frederick Warburg, "who was known as the Trotskyite... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 127833

  12. Coming Up for Air.
    ORWELL, George. Coming Up for Air.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, in the scarce dust jacket. This is one of the hardest of Orwell's novels to find in the dust jacket. One of only 2,000 copies printed, it was the last of Orwell's novels to bear the Gollancz imprint. Gollancz disapproved of the political aspects of the novel, which included a parody of an LBC meeting, and Orwell was... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 122896

  13. Inside the Whale.
    ORWELL, George. Inside the Whale.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression, of the first book-form publication of the essays of Orwell, often cited as among the finest English essayists of the 20th century. Besides the title essay about Henry Miller, the volume includes his studies of Charles Dickens and Boy's Weeklies. The print run was a 1,000 copies, of which some were destroyed in an air... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 122898

  14. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz.

    20 November 1940-17 Jul 1967

    A collection of documents from the archive of Victor Gollancz, the first publisher of George Orwell, regarding the publication of his books. The archive of Victor Gollancz was sold by the firm's parent company in recent years, from whom the material was directly acquired. The contents include carbon copies of letters sent from Gollancz to Orwell and... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 131761

  15. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Inside the Whale.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Inside the Whale.

    1 Jan 1940-13 Oct 1966

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first collection of essays, Inside the Whale, including the original contract. Orwell began work on the essays in May 1939. The outbreak of the war led to an unproductive period, but by mid-December he had finished the book and sent the manuscript to Gollancz.... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 131758

  16. Inside the Whale
    ORWELL, George. Inside the Whale

    London : 1940

    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... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 124300

  17. Original autograph lecture notes for "Culture and Democracy", together with related correspondence between himself, the Fabian Society, and Routledge, the publishers.
    ORWELL, George. Original autograph lecture notes for "Culture and Democracy", together with related correspondence between himself, the Fabian Society, and Routledge, the publishers.

    1941-42

    A remarkable survival, the original manuscript notes for Orwell's lecture on "Culture and Democracy", the lecture which was published, much to Orwell's disgust, with unauthorized alterations in the volume Victory or Vested Interest (1942). Orwell's lectures were not usually recordedBernard Crick describes the published version as "the only record of... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 120664

  18. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Animal Farm.
    ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Animal Farm.

    19 Mar 1944-15 Feb 1950

    Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their infamous decision to reject George Orwell's Animal Farm due to its implicit criticism of Stalin and the Soviet Union. Orwell had been with the left-wing publisher Victor Gollancz since his first work, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933). Gollancz published a further six Orwell titles over... Learn More
    £100,000.00

    Stock Code: 131760

  19. Animal Farm.
    ORWELL, George. Animal Farm.

    London : 1945

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 133867

  20. 133704
    ORWELL, George. Animal Farm.

    New York : 1946

    Advance review copy of the American edition. The publisher's stamp on the front wrapper announces the publication date as August 26, 1946. Animal Farm was first published in the UK the previous year. It has never since been out of print, with Orwell's allegorical fable, written as a warning against totalitarianism in general and Stalinism in particular,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 133704

  21. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution.
    ORWELL, George. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution.

    London : 1946

    First separate edition, first impression. Originally published under the title "Second Thoughts on James Burnham" in Polemic 3, this essay is "a brilliant criticism of the whole concept of power worship" (Shelden), which evidently influenced Orwell during the composition of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Robert Conquest cites the article as one of the... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 87553

  22. Kolgosp Tvarin [Animal Farm].
    ORWELL, George. Kolgosp Tvarin [Animal Farm].

    Munich : 1947

    First Ukrainian edition, and the first to include a preface by Orwell. A copy of the first English edition of 1945 fell into the hands of Ihor Shevchenko, a son of Polish anti-Bolshevik nationalists, who translated the work into Ukrainian. "In April 1946, Shevchenko wrote to Orwell, a mourning widower and single parent of adopted baby at that time,... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 133982

  23. 140260
    ORWELL, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    London : 1949

    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
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140260

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