Item #GO029 Animal Farm: A Fairy Story. George Orwell.

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

Hard Cover. London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. First Edition. Near Fine.


First edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth, spine lettered in white, previous owner Jack Diether's stamp to front free endpaper and inscription to front pastedown; in the original green and gray dust jacket, lettered in white and green. About fine, with light toning to spine; near fine unclipped dust jacket with light rubbing to spine, small closed tear to head of spine and shallow chipping to foot of spine, panels very bright, a touch of soiling to front panel, a small closed tear to top edge of front panel, and very minor chipping to lower corners. Overall, an exquisite copy of Orwell's allegorical masterpiece in a lovely example of the scarce dust jacket. Animal Farm is a short dystopian novel about the rise and fall of a swine government on the fictional Manor Farm, meant as an allegory for the rise and fall of Communism in the Soviet Union. Two of the main characters are pigs named Snowball and Napoleon, representing Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin respectively. Not surprisingly, both Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four were banned in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc through Mikhail Gorbachev's Glasnost policy. Provenance: this copy was previously owned by Jack Diether (1919-1987), a prominent musicologist who was an expert on the classical composers Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. Diether wrote and served as editor-in-chief for the journal of the Bruckner Society, Chord and Discord, and wrote concert program notes and album liner notes for about one hundred Bruckner and Mahler recordings. An archive of his papers is held at the New York Public Library.


Item #GO029

Price: $15,000.00