The first edition of Orwell’s socio-political classic, intended by the author to serve as a satirical take on the events that led up to the Russian Revolution and Stalinism whilst simultaneously illustrating the weaknesses inherent in the human condition that make any political and economic ideal almost unworkable. As the author states himself in his 1946 essay Why I Write, the motivation behind Animal Farm was “to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole”.
The jacket is notorious for its friability and as a result copies spared the ravages of enthusiastic restoration or ambitious sophistication are uncommon.
Banned in Soviet Russia for obvious reasons. Interestingly printers were discouraged from printing it in the United Kingdom during the second world war as it was thought it might provoke the USSR allies. The book was also banned in the United Arab Emirates in 2012 for ‘un-Islamic’ values and North Korea which is unsurprising given that the book questions authoritarian leadership.
First edition, 8vo., publisher’s cloth, minor wrinkling near spine at lower joint, slight sunning to extreme edges, overall very good, dust-jacket with blue ‘Searchlight’ advertisement on reverse, wear to spine-ends and fore-corners with minor loss, rubbed at joints with small closed tear near head and tail of spine, some dust-soiling visible to lower panel, otherwise a very good example.
Stock ID: 98448