Hard Cover. London: Secker & Warburg, 1949. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's light green cloth, top edge stained red; in the original red dust jacket designed by Michael Kennard (issued simultaneously in green, without any priority between them), lettered in white. About near fine, with ownership inscriptions to the front endpaper and half-title pages, front hinge cracked and secure at half-title page; unclipped dust jacket, with some light wear and minor chips to the extremities, some dampstaining to verso, spine a bit faded, but still red, front panel bright and unfaded. A very good or better copy, much better than usual for the red dust jacket, which is often found heavily faded. Fenwick A12.a Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel about a dystopian future in the year 1984. In the future Orwell has created, the totalitarian government controls the civilian population with a detailed system of mental and physical control, including omnipresent two-way TV screens that keep the citizens under constant surveillance. Any criticism of the government is strictly illegal, and independent thought is persecuted as a "thoughtcrime." Even the newly adopted language, "newspeak," which abbreviates many phrases and eliminates words deemed inessential, served "not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view" of the new totalitarian regime, but also "to make all other modes of thought impossible…. that is, a thought diverging from the [state approved] principles…should literally be unthinkable, in so far as though is dependent on words." This first British edition was published five days before the first American edition.