London: Secker and Warburg, 1949.
London: Secker and Warburg, 1949. First edition. An exceptional copy of the first edition in the more fragile red dust jacket. Book Fine, unread and absolutely pristine with a small seller's ticket on the front paste-down. Dust jacket about Fine with minute wear at the spine ends and slight streaking to the red on the spine, apparently a minor printing defect. The white flaps and rear panel are bright white, without marks or toning. In all a superior example, arguably the finest currently on the market.
Orwell's classic dystopian novel of a future totalitarian regime in Great Britain controlling and monitoring public thought and action. One of the most successful books in modern British literature, with over 65 foreign language translations. As relevant today, in the wake of the mass surveillance scandal reported by Snowden, as it was in the 1940s when Orwell was writing it.
"Nineteen Eighty-Four is a book that goes through the reader like an east wind, cracking the skin, opening the sores... I do not think I have ever read a novel more frightening and depressing; and yet, such are the originality, the suspense, the speed of writing and withering indignation that it is impossible to put the book down." (V S Pritchett, contemporary reviewer) Fine in about Fine dust jacket. (Item #1653)