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    George Orwell - "Nineteen Eighty-Four," First Edition (Secker and Warburg, 1949). This distopian classic is presented in its original green cloth binding with red lettering on the spine, and protected in a green dust jacket (the book was also produced with a red dust jacket). George Orwell started writing Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1945, and as he had found with Animal Farm, his new novel was in conflict with his previous publisher Gollancz's political leanings. So it was the firm of Secker and Warburg (publishers of Animal Farm) who first printed this timeless masterpiece. The dust jacket retains its publisher's price of 10s. at the bottom of its front flap. As the Encyclopedia Britannica has noted, "Orwell's warning of the potential dangers of totalitarianism made a deep impression on his contemporaries and upon subsequent readers, and the book's title and many of its coined words and phrases ('Big Brother is watching you,' 'newspeak,' 'doublethink') became bywords for modern political abuses." This is a Very Good condition book in a Very Good condition dust jacket.

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