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127833
ORWELL, George.

Homage to Catalonia.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Secker and Warburg, 1938

Stock Code: 127833

£6,000
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

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 publisher simply because he took left-wing books that were critical of Stalin" and was published in an edition of 1,500 copies (ODNB). It did not sell well, despite the glowing review by Gordon Flowers tipped in to this copy, and "its literary merits were hardly noticed" (ODNB). Whilst at the time it was much abused, "some now think of it as Orwell's finest achievement, and nearly all critics see it as his great stylistic breakthrough: he became the serious writer with the terse, easy, vivid colloquial style" (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge green. With the dust jacket. With a newspaper clipping of Desmond Flower's review in the Observer, dated 29 May 1938, tipped in to the front free endpaper.

Condition

Light foxing to edges, faint offsetting to rear endpapers, some minor rust and indentations from paper clip (now removed) to head of pp. 267-276, a very good, remarkably bright, copy. In the entirely unrestored jacket, lightly browned spine, chipping to spine ends and tips, slight creasing and nicks to extremities, short closed tear to head of rear panel.

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