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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. 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 64242

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  2. 130371
    First edition, first impression, in the very rare dust jacket, this being the most complete and only unrestored example we have handled. This was Orwell's third book and his second novel, into which he injected "some experimental writing possibly in the manner of James Joyce's Ulysses" (Colls). Orwell was later dissatisfied... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 130371

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  3. 103159comp
    The book..."> 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.
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    £25,000

    Stock Code: 103159

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  4. 130355comp
    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,... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 130355

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  5. 122736
    First edition, first impression, in the scarce dust jacket, and uncommon in such nice condition. The book, from an edition of just 1,500 copies, is rarely encountered with the dust jacket at all and when it is, it is invariably badly damaged. This was the author's personal account of his experiences during the Spanish Civil... Learn More
    £13,500

    Stock Code: 122736

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  6. 127833
    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,... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 127833

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  7. 122896
    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... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 122896

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  8. 124300
    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.... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 124300

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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
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 81858

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  10. 120664detail
    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... Learn More
    £75,000

    Stock Code: 120664

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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. 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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