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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]
London and New York: Secker & Warburg; Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949. First edition. Original cloth, original dust jacket. Good/Good. FIRST UK EDITION AND FIRST US EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY. "The time is 13 o'clock; the date doesn't matter; the year goes without saying. Winston Smith, a bureaucrat at the Ministry of Truth, toils day and night in the service of Big Brother, the remote, faux-benign ruler of this eerily familiar dystopia. Orwell's novel is a study of every possible way a nation can be beaten down by its government: spiritually, physically, intellectually, by the media, torture, surveillance, and censorship, to the point where the state can manipulate reality at will. When Smith is tempted by a beautiful resistance fighter into an act of rebellion, 1984 becomes something more: a strange, tragic, deeply sad love story. It is Orwell's triumph, and the century's misfortune, that 1984 is as prescient as it is pessimistic" (Lev Grossman, All-Time 100 Novels). 
The UK edition is the true first edition, published on June 8, 1949; the first US edition followed only five days later. The UK edition was published with both red and green dust jackets (no priority established); the US in both red and blue (no priority). [UK edition]. London: Secker & Warburg, 1949. Octavo, original cloth, original green dust jacket. Book with fading to spine and edges; a little foxing to text block. Dust jacket with restoration to the edges and folds. Dust jacket color exceptionally bright. [US edition]. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949. Original cloth, original red dust jacket. Neat ownership signature dated June 1949 on front pastedown. Only a hint of edgewear. A beautiful copy, rare in such good condition.
      [Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company]
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