The Works - George Orwell, Peter Davison, Sonia Orwell, and Ian Angus (editors) 1996 - Secker & Warburg, London An elegantly bound fourteen volume set of Orwell’s books, letters and essays, Michael Sheldon’s biography, and notes, introductions and detailed indices from Peter Davison, Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus.

Volumes I-IX – The nine books –
Down and Out in Paris and London, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, Coming Up for Air, Animal Farm, and Nineteen-eighty Four,

Volumes X-XIII – The four volumes of the collected essays, letters and journalism, selected and edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus –
An Age Like This 1920-1940, My Country Right or Left 1940-1943, As I Please 1943-1945, and In front of Your Nose 1945-1950.

Volume XIV – Michael Sheldon’s
Orwell, The Authorised Biography.
  With an introductory essay by Peter Davison whose copious textual notes can be found at the rear of the first nine volumes. The four volumes of letters, contains an introduction by Sonia Orwell, notes by her and Ian Angus, and detailed indices.

Peter Davison, has ‘
an unchallenged and unrivalled knowledge of the writings of George Orwell’,‘The nine volumes of corrected texts are models of bibliography and textual research’ - Daniel J. Leab, The Grolier Club.

Davison’s lifetime work was completed in 1998 upon the publication of his eleven volume compilation of Orwell’s essays, letters and articles, which the times referred to as ‘preposterously over-inclusive’, going on to say that although these ‘volumes supersede the earlier Collected Essays, edited by Ian Angus and Sheila Orwell... where the [Angus, Orwell] edition was designed to be read, the Davison edition is designed to be studied, and includes everything Orwell ever wrote, regardless of merit.’.

George Orwell was born Eric Hugh Blair in 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton for four years. Orwell was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left the position after five years and then moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books, Burmese Days and Down and Out In Paris. Orwell then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, Orwell served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. He started writing for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. Soon after he published Animal Farm, which became a huge success for Orwell. It was then towards the end of his life when Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell died on January 23, 1950 in London.

Reference: Leab,
The Grolier Club, 37, 38.

Fourteen volumes. pp. xxxix [1] 230 [6]; [6] 322 [4]; [8] 307 [9]; [6] 287 [3]; [8] 232 [4]; [8] 261 [7]; [6] 255 [3]; [8] 203 [5]; [6] 341 [9]; [2] xxiii [1] 574 [4]; [2] xv [1] 477 [5]; [2] xv [1] 435 [3]; [2] xvii [1] 555 [5]; [12] 564 [4].
  Bound in three quarter dark green morocco over matching cloth, spines in six compartments lettered and tooled in gilt.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 107948   Price: HK$ 35,000