Hard Cover. London: Secker & Warburg, 1949. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's light green cloth, top edge stained red; in the original green dust jacket designed by Michael Kennard (issued simultaneously in green, without any priority between them), lettered in white. Near fine with some light fading along edges and a few minor spots to the fore-edge; in an unclipped jacket with some wear and rubbing to the spine, spine chipped with some minor loss, several small chips along upper panel edges and rubbing along folds. A very good, completely unrestored copy. 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.