Item #AH026 Brave New World. Aldous Huxley.

Brave New World

Price: $8,500.00

Hard Cover. London: Chatto and Windus, 1932. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original blue boards with titles in gilt to spine, blue topstain; original dust jacket with wraparound globe illustration by Leslie Holland. Very good or better book, with light toning to spine, bright gilt to spine, light rubbing to spine ends, bottom corner of front board lightly bumped, gentle lean to spine, light offsetting to endpapers, and rust mark from paperclip to front free endpaper and front flyleaf; very good price-clipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, light chipping to spine ends (minor loss to "BRAVE" lettering at head of spine), a few small closed tears to panel edges, light chipping to top right corner of front panel, light rubbing along fold lines of spine, a small closed tear to top of front flap, and light soiling to front flap. Overall, a handsome, internally clean, copy of Huxley's masterpiece. One of the classic 20th century dystopian novels, Brave New World tells the story of Huxley's envisioned future for modern society: a totalitarian regime in which individuality has been replaced by conditioned uniformity and free thinking is suppressed with constant, mindless entertainment enhanced by government sanctioned recreational, mood-altering drugs. When this future "utopia" is breached by a "savage" who was raised without modern luxury, Huxley exposes that, while the future has secured the happiness and general well-being of all members of society, the meaning of life has been lost in the process. Unlike George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four or Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano, Huxley does not envision a government that uses terror or force to maintain control over its citizens, nor one that inherently depresses its constituents for the sake of progress. Instead, the chilling moral of Brave New World is that, while "it is usual for human beings to suppose that, whatever the immediate outlook may be, ultimately all will be for the best in the best of all possible worlds," it is important to remember not to be "too optimistic" or forget to question one's surroundings and the motives of those in positions of power. Item #AH026