Weston, MA: M & S Press, 1984. First edition. Deluxe Issue, one of 55 copies specially bound. Quarto (36cm); bound in full royal blue and black Niger goat by Gray Parrot, with titling and decorative rule stamped in gilt on spine and covers; publisher's original quarter leather clamshell case; xxvi,381,pp. Fine in a Fine case.
Handsome deluxe edition of Orwell's towering dystopian novel, reproducing to scale the only extant manuscript for any of Orwell's works. The manuscript originated with Orwell's widow, who offered it to a charity auction, and ultimately ended up in the vault in the rare book room of Scribner's Bookstore in New York, where it was acquired by bookseller and publisher Dan Siegel, who offers a lengthy preface to this edition. With an introduction and notes by professor and Orwell scholar Peter Davison, who transcribed the manuscript. FENWICK A.12.M8; LEWIS, p.139; BOOKER, pp.208-213. Item #65913