First printing of Orwell's biting political allegory, in the scarce original dust jacket.
"The cat joined the Re-Education Committee and was very active in it for some days."
A Swiftian satirical fable of the Russian revolution, ANIMAL FARM draws on the traditional children's animal-tale form to devastating effect, with sharp portraits of the absolute corruption of power, the cynical deployment of rewritten history, and the exploitation of true believers unable to recognize the betrayal of their ideals. Restricted by WWII-era paper shortages to a print run of just 4500 copies, the dust jacket was likewise printed in some copies on the blank side of an unrelated Searchlight Books jacket to comply with restrictions, and the publication delayed from May until August of 1945. A beautiful copy of a wartime production.
Read more: Gillian Fenwick, George Orwell: A Bibliography, A.10a.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. Full title: Animal farm: a fairy story. 7.25'' x 5''. Original green cloth boards, spine lettered in white. In original unclipped (6s.) dust jacket, printed on reverse of a Searchlight Books jacket. "First Published May 1945" printed on half-title verso. 92 pages. Previous owner's label to front free endpaper and signature to front paste-down. Housed in custom clamshell case, green half morocco with green cloth boards and gilt spine lettering. Only very minor wear to boards and jacket at extremities.
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