Brave New World (Signed limited edition)
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. First edition. First British edition, signed limited issue, number 36 of 324 copies signed and numbered by the author and specially bound. Octavo. Original yellow cloth over beveled boards, blue morocco spine label, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Spine lightly toned and bumped at centre and foot, cloth very lightly mottled, sides bright, browning to endpapers, contents fresh. A very good copy indeed.
The UK edition was split into signed and trade issues, published simultaneously on 2 February, following publication of the signed issue of the US edition on 21 January, and preceding the US trade issue on 4 February.
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).
Bromer A29.2. Near Fine (Item #5329)