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ORWELL, George; pseudonym of BLAIR, Eric Arthur
London: Secker and Warburg, 1949. First edition, first printing. Original green cloth with red titles to the spine, in the maroon Michael Kennard designed dustwrapper. Top edge purple. Housed in a bespoke purple cloth solander case, with titles in gilt to morocco labels. A fine copy, the binding square and firm, the cloth bright. The contents are clean throughout, without foxing or previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the bright ever so slightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper, the habitually faded spine, less so than often and the white titles clear. Correctly priced 10s net to the front flap. An excellent fresh example in entirely original condition. The first printing of Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on 8th June 1949, the 25,000 copies issued in two colours of dustwrapper. Both are identical in all but the background colour of the upper panel and spine, one being green, the other maroon. Although no precedence has been established, the maroon would appear to be scarcer of the two and is considered the more desirable. (Fenwick A12a). Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: LUCIUS BOOKS (ABA, ILAB, PBFA) [York, United Kingdom]

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