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Animal Farm

By Orwell, George




Animal Farm is a dystopian novella by George Orwell. Published in England on 17 August 1945, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. Orwell, a democratic socialist and a member of the Independent Labour Party for many years, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and was suspicious of Moscow-directed Stalinism after his experiences with the NKVD during the Spanish Civil War.

First edition identification and notes

Secker and Warburg first published Animal Farm in London in 1945. With a print run of just 4,000 copies, the first edition is bound in green cloth and states “First Published May 1945” on the copyright page. The original green and grey dust jacket is famously fragile as it was cheaply produced to meet Wartime Economy Standards.

Other collectible or notable editions

Harcourt, Brace published the first American edition of Animal Farm in 1946. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first edition of the novella, Secker and Warburg published a special edition of Animal Farm in 1995 with illustrations by Ralph Steadman.


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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

London: Secker and Warburg, 1945. A first edition, first printing published by Secker and Warburg in 1945. A very fine book with one previous owner's gift inscription to the front pastedown. An exceptional example. In a near fine (or better) dust wrapper, the only minus being a minute chip to the top of the rear panel. Some light rubbing to the edges. Titles are exceptionally strong with none of the usual creasing or chipping. The best we have seen in many years.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Secker & Warburg, London, 1945 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Published May 1945" printed on the copyright page. A wonderful copy. An attractive First issue dustjacket that has the publisher's printed price present with minor wear to the edges. The book is in fabulous condition and appears UNREAD. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A superb copy. We buy Orwell First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Near fine first edition; "first published" date on copyright page matches date on title page. Light tanning on board edges, very minimal browning on top edge of board. Bookseller's stamp on rear free endpaper. In very good dust jacket with original price, 6s., on front flap. Wear and chipping at head and tail of spine, tiny closed tears on bottom front cover and top back cover. Housed in custom-made slipcase.

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Price: $9,000.00


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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Secker, 1945 First Edition, First Printing. A beautiful First Issue dustjacket that has minor wear to the spine and edges. This original dustjacket is vibrant in color with slight rubbing to the panels. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight with minor wear to the spine and edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Orwell First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $7,500.00


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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Near fine first edition, date on title page matches "First Published" date on copyright page. Previous owner's stamp on front free end paper, minor rubbing at spine ends. In RARE first state dust jacket with original price, 6s, on front flap. The Animal Farm jacket is known to be extremely fragile, and usually in pieces or missing altogether, but this jacket only features minor rubbing on the inside spine and tanning and soiling on the back cover. Housed in a custom-made slipcase.

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Animal Farm. A Fairy Story.

ORWELL, GEORGE.

London, Secker & Warburg, 1945. Original green full cloth with original printed green and grey dust jacket, not price-clipped. Capitals of cloth spine faded. Dust-jacked with small lacks of paper at capitals (where cloth is faded and a few, small tears at extremities. A very small piece of paper loss at lower part of back on the dust-jacket. Lines of fairly light brown spotting (rust?) to front of dust-jacket. An old owner's name to front free end-paper. All in all a fine and sound, completely unrestored copy - the fragile dust-jacket, which is made of recycled war-time paper, is often found in very poor condition. ¶ First edition of one of the most important literary works of the 20th century, the satirical-political masterpiece that so magnificently reflects the events leading up to the Russian Revolution and brilliantly caricatures Stalinism. As Orwell himself put it, with this work, he deliberately tried "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole". (Orwell, "Why I Write"). <br><br>"Animal Farm" brilliantly portrays not only the corruption of the revolution, but also how traits of human character themselves corrupt society. The greatest flaw of revolution is not the corrupt leadership on its own, but also the greed, indifference, ignorance, shortsightedness, wickedness, etc. that govern the individuals that make up the masses. <br><br>The work was written between late 1943 and early 1944, when the wartime alliance with the Soviet Union was at its height and Stalin was held in highest esteem in Britain, among both the people and intelligentsia. Not surprisingly, it was initially rejected by both British and American publishers, and the publication of it was thus delayed. When it did appear, it became a great commercial success, however, probably not least due to the soon to follow Cold War. <br><br>The work is generally considered one of the best and most influential literary productions of the 20th century. <br><br>The original subtitle "A Fairy Story" was dropped when the book was published in the United States, and all but one of the translations omitted it.

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

First edition, first impression in first issue dust jacket (Secker & Warburg, 1945). A little minor sunning to spine tips; slight cracking to front endpaper hinge, as is common; faint toning to front endpaper and to half-title. Contents nice and clean otherwise and binding is nice, square and tight. The notoriously fragile and rare first state dust jacket is very good indeed and unrestored. All first state points are present, including 'Searchlight Books' on verso, the price of '6s' on front flap with 'An Early List For 1945' on rear panel. Several areas of abrasion to spine panel; a couple of light stains to rear panel with a small chip to top edge; a tear to top edge of front panel with minor traces of rubbing here and there to corners and bottom edge. A very good and bright example.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

London: Secker and Warburg, 1945. A first edition, first printing published by Secker and Warburg in 1945. A very good book with one previous owner's name to the front endpaper. Patchy sunning to the spine, some wear to the edges. In a dust wrapper which has benefitted from some internal strengthening to the hinges (Searchlight Books imprint still present on one panel) with some light chipping to the edges of the rear panel. Spine shows very well indeed. Rare.

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Animal Farm.

ORWELL, George.

London: Secker and Warburg,, 1945. A Fairy Story. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in white pigskin, titles to spine gilt, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, black and white patterned endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first impression.

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ANIMAL FARM. A fairy story.

ORWELL. GEORGE

Secker & Warburg. London. 1945. FIRST EDITION. 1st impression. 8vo. A very good copy of the book with the cloth still dark green and the white lettering on the spine still bright and sharp. Neat previous owner's inscription, dated Christmas 1945, on the front blank free endpaper, otherwise this is a very clean and bright copy throughout. Inner hinges cracked but holding firm. In the original 1st edition green, grey and white dustwrapper with some chipping and rubbing to the edges and some loss to the top and bottom of the spine and corners but all lettering unaffected. Price still intact on front inner flap but inked over. Wrapper has the red searchlight books printing on the reverse. Overall a near very good copy of this classic work.

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Animal Farm - A Fairy Story

Orwell, George

London: Secker and Warburg, 1945. 92pp. Rebound in full morocco by Temple Bookbinders in two colours replicating the dust jacket design, smooth back, title in gilt to spine, Cockerell endpapers, a.e.g. Externally very good indeed, internally very slightly browned, but generally quite bright and clean. Fenwick A.10a. First Edition. Full Morocco. Very Good+/No Jacket. 8vo.

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ANIMAL FARM: a fairy story

ORWELL, George

London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. Green cloth, spine lettered in white. Sunning to spine tips; book a little leaned as usual; slight yellowing to page edges; rippling from damp throughout, most pronounced on the first few leaves, but no tide marks; scarcely visible damp mark to covrs, with slight cloth bubbling to rear cover; VG unworn copy otherwise. The green dust jacket, a variant printed on the blank side of a red Searchlight Books template, has small chips to ends of darkened and a bit rubbed spine; rear panel is yellowed and damp stained; damp stain not very noticeable on front panel; bit of rubbing to front flap fold; else good, flap price intact, front panel showing well, An Early List for 1945 on rear panel. Edition of 4.5 k copies. . First printing. Hardcover. 12mo.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First English edition, first printing. Very Good, with fading to spine and a bit at edges. Corners very lightly rubbed. Small bookseller label to rear paste down. Lacks dust jacket. One of only 4,500 copies originally printed.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Secker & Warburg, 1945 A fine second edition published in the same month, August, 1945, as the first printing, in a very good dust jacket with the original price of 6s still visible on the front flap of the jacket, small triangular piece is loose at left top of front dj. A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Jacket states second edition.. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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Price: $900.00


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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

ORWELL, George

London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. Near Fine/Very Good. Second edition, printed in the same month and year as the first edition (August, 1945). Green cloth, stamped white spine title. Contemporary owner's gift inscription neatly penned on front fly verso, minimal foxing, else near fine in an about very good dustwrapper with extremities worn, short tears and creases. A brilliant, classic anti-utopian short novel, in which a cast of barnyard animals reenact the events of the Russian Revolution and the betrayal of its more humane elements by Stalin. Well-adapted both as a 1955 cartoon and a 1999 cable movie using the latest animal-special effects, though both versions added upbeat endings to Orwell's harrowing vision. A presentable copy. Connolly 100.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946 First Edition, First Printing with "first American edition" printed on the copyright page. A beautiful First Issue dustjacket that is rich in color with light wear to the spine and edges. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the $1.75 price present on the front flap. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight, with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, an attractive copy of this First American Edition in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1946. The first issue, with 'First American Edition' stated on copyright page, with original $1.75 price on flap. One of the enduring, landmark works of 20th Century literature, alluded and referred to in many other books, articles, essays and everyday speeches. Light rubbing at top and middle edges of jacket spine protected by the BroDart cover, with a minor scratch near the front edge; price clipped; else a fine jacket, bright and clean. No previous owner's signature on endpaper, and wholly unmarked; a clean copy. Scarce in this fine condition. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 12mo.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946 First US edition, with First American Edition stated on the copyright page, in first issue dust jacket with original price of $1.75 on the front flap and no mention of "Printed in USA" on back flap. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

San Francisco: Arion Press, 2013. Hammer, Jonathan. Small quarto. 150, (3)pp. One of 300 copies. Signed by the illustrator. Hammer's twenty-four images are suitably crude, often blending rough animal imagery with "civilized" items, such as a pig's feet with glasses and a tripe with a bow-tie. With an introduction by Peter Stansky. Bound in boards with orange cloth which depicts a farm gate on both covers. Fine in matching slipcase. Prospectus laid in.

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Animal Farm

ORWELL, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co, 1946. First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Price clipped. All four corners of the jacket flaps. clipped. Light wear to the jacket extremities and some light rubbing to the black portions of the jacket. Light soiling to the rear panel. First issue dust jacket with no mention of "Printed in the USA" on the rear panel.

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Price: $525.00


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Animal Farm (The Complete works of George Orwell)

Orwell, George

Hardback. Very Good.

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Animal Farm (Modern Classics)

George Orwell

2002-07-04. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946 A fine first US edition, so stated on the copyright page, with near fine dust jacket with original price of $1.75 still on front flap of the jacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

Penguin Books, 1969-01-01. Paperback. Used:Good.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1946. 118pp. Green cloth binding. Orwell's famous novel which is regarded in the literary field as one of the most famous satirical allegories of Soviet totalitarianism. Orwell based the book on events up to and during Joseph Stalin's regime. Orwell, a democratic socialist, and a member of the Independent Labour Party for many years, was a critic of Stalin, and was suspicious of Moscow-directed Stalinism after his experiences in the Spanish Civil War. Previous owner name inside front cover - otherwise clean.. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good+/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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ANIMAL FARM

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. Printed wrappers. Publication information and date stamped on front wrapper. The upper wrapper has a large and disagreeable splashy coffee cup ringmark that is shadowed through the first blank and (faintly) on the half- title, so just a fair copy, in all other regards sound and very good. Advance "confidential" reading copy of the first American edition. The number of recipients who shared in the "confidentiality" of receiving copies is not readily accessible, but experience suggests there were quite a significant number of them. Not in Fenwick in this format, where such advance formats are not always noted. MODERN MOVEMENT 93.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. Undetermined. very good. 1st American Edition. 118pp. 12mo. Bound in the original black cloth with gold gilt lettering stamped to the spine. Some shelf wear to the boards, with some rubbing along the bottom edge. Corners and the head and tail of the spine a bit bumped. Stated "First American Edition" on copyright page. Illustrated first state dust jacket has been price clipped. Some wear and creasing along the jacket's edges, with a very small amount of chipping to the head and tail of the spine. Internally clean and a bright and tight copy. very good A wonderfully well preserved first printing of the American edition of George Orwell's satirical novel. Originally published in the UK by Secker and Warburg in 1945 as Animal Farm: A Fairy Story --the subtitle was dropped by American publishers. 1946

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. First American Edition. Very Good in black cloth; gilt spine faded. In a Very Good First State dust jacket with original price intact. 118pp. Endpapers toned, otherwise interior is bright and clean. Hardcover.

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Animal farm

Orwell, George

Moonlight Books , 2016. Paperback. LIKE NEW. Like New

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1946. First American edition. Black cloth, fine, in slightly rubbed dust jacket.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. Black cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Near Fine, in a Very Good dust jacket, with publisher's price of $1.75 intact and proper lack of "Printed in USA" statement on rear flap. Light rubbing to jacket and damage at head with a 1.75" tear to the upper joint and associated wear. Else a rather sharp copy.

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Animal Farm (Signet classics)

George Orwell

1986-03-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946 First American edition, very good in a very good first issue dust jacket with the original price of $1.75 still on the front flap and no mention of "Printed in USA" on back flap. First American edition stated on copyright page.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

George Orwell

SECKER AND WARBURG A FINE FIRST IN DJ. 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ILLUS BY STEADMAN signed. Signed. First Edition. Hardcover. /Fine. Book.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Near Fine in a Very Good jacket, unclipped ($1.75), bumped at the top edge, toned at the white portions. Black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Firmy bound with the slightest forward lean to the spine, clean internally. The first American edition of Orwell's allegorical novel about Stalinism, considered by many to be a classic work of English literature.

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Animal Farm (Signet classics)

George Orwell

2009-05-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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ANIMAL FARM Easton Press

George Orwell

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. SEALED in SHRINKWRAP As New, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

1989-03-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. Original black cloth with bold gilt spine lettering. Book has only minor crumpling at spine ends and wear at corners. Unpriceclipped dust jacket designed by Art Brenner is worn joints, flap folds and chipped at spine ends and on edges. Lower panel of jacket a little yellowed and soiled. A nice first edition copy of this classic.. First American Edition.. Cloth. Very Good/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Trade.

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

2004-09-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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ANIMAL FARM - A FAIRY STORY (Custom Clamshell Case Only Not a Book)

Orwell, George (Pseudonym of Eric Blair)

London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. no Binding. NOT A BOOK/NO JACKET. London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. 1st Edition Clamshell Collector's Case. no Binding. First Edition Clamshell Case. Orwell, George (Pseudonym of Eric Blair). ANIMAL FARM. Custom Clamshell Case Only. London: Secker...

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George

London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. Second edition. Reprinted August 1945, same month as the first edition. Reprinted almost immediately after the first printing. Green cloth with white spine lettering, head and foot of spine sunned, small bookseller's stamp to bottom inside corner of the front endpaper. The dust jacket states second edition, is price clipped, several small nicks to the edges and creases, chipped at the corners and at spine head and foot, along with a few other shallow chips. A good, clean copy of the second edition. . Hardcover. Very Good/Good.

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Excavations at Gozlu Kule, Tarsus. The Hellenistic and Roman Periods. Volume I. Plates

Goldman, Hetty.

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1950. Fine in dust jacket. Quarto. 276 plates + 9 folding plans. Frederick Matson's copy.

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Animal Farm: a fairy story

ORWELL, George

Secker & Warburg. Hardcover. B0000EESTM Clipped dj has fading and edgewear / We ship daily + good service buy with confidence . Good.

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Animal Farm - A Fairy Story

Orwell, George

London: Martin Secker & Warburg, 1945. Green cloth covers with white lettering to spine. Jacket has been repaired internally with tape in two places and has small loss to head of spine. Spine has faded top edge in the area where the jacket is missing. 92 pages. Text block clean. Binding square and tight. Publisher's details page states this is the Reprint August 1945. Jacket has Second Edition printed below the blurb on the inner flap. Previous owner's name and date on half title page. "Good natured satire upon dictatorship".. Reprint. Hard Cover. Good/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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Animal Farm. A Fairy Story

ORWELL, George [pseudonym of BLAIR, Eric Arthur] (1903-1950), [BATCHELOR, Joy, HALAS, John, illustrators]

London: Secker and Warburg, 1954. [Modern Literature] FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Octavo (21 x 15cm), pp.109; [1]. Publisher's red cloth, titles in silver to spine and upper board, pictorial dust-jacket, priced at 10s. 6d. net. Colour frontispiece over two pages, thirty-one in-text line drawings. Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Internally fine. Cloth lightly rubbed to extremities, spine ends pushed. Dust-jacket shows well, sunned to spine, some loss to front panel and to the top and tail of the spine panel, creasing and chipping to top and bottom edges, some soiling, a few closed tears. An attractive copy. Very good. Produced alongside the full- length cartoon film produced by Batchelor and Halas.

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Animal Farm

Orwell, George.

Good. Used book in good condition. Has wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. 100% guaranteed. 011319

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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Essential Penguin)

George Orwell

1998-04-07. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Price: $205.00