London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. First edition. A Nearly Fine copy of the book on account of gentle cocking of the spine in VG+ dust jacket with a few small chips at the crown and corners; spine slightly toned. Contemporary owner's name on the front endpaper. Overall a pleasing copy.
A defining moment in the genre of the dystopian novel, Brave New World considers the dangers that new technologies and mass modernization pose to the very core of humanness. Rather than depicting these developments as gateways to utopia, as writers such as H.G. Wells had done, Huxley foreshadowed how radically technology and psychological conditioning could limit individual rights ranging from sexuality and reproduction to creativity to love. A “nightmarish prognostication of a future in which humanity has been destroyed by science” (DNB). Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #4132)