Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 1932 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition ‘O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world that hath such creatures in't!’

An exceptional copy of the first edition, in a bright example of the iconic dust jacket, without restoration, price-clipping or technological modification. Housed in custom made clamshell case of fine blue morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

A modern highlight, and landmark of 20th century fiction. Huxley’s bitterly satiric account of an inhumane society controlled by technology, in which art and religion have been abolished and human beings reproduce by artificial fertilisation.

‘Brilliantly plausible fantasy... a Utopia which is never dull, of which the horror is always credible as one’s sympathies grow more involved with the fate of the young primitive from the Indian Reservation who challenges the machine.’ – Cyril Connolly,
Modern Movement.
  ‘When, in a Lawrence novel, a dynamic little man with a red or black beard begins to hold forth to admiring women on the world’s need for leadership, one feels as if a very noisy street-drill has begun again. In Huxley’s novels from Antic Hay onwards a similar donkey-engine is untiringly at work. (Lawrence himself described as Rampion in Point Counter-point and sermonises for both.) In Brave New World Huxley subdues the noise of the engine to the brilliantly plausible fantasy he has constructed from his scientific gleanings. (Compare his anthology, Texts and Pretexts for the same year.) This sparkle is absent from Point Counter-point and Eyeless in Gaza but returns for the best part of his later mystical novel, Time must have a Stop.’ – Connolly.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was awarded the 1939 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for
After Many A Summer Dies The Swan. The prize was founded in memory of a partner in the publishing house of A. and C. Black Ltd., and is one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain.

References: Eschelbac & Shober [10]. Bleiler;
Checklist of Fantastic Literature 311. Connolly, Modern Movement 75. Modern Library's Top 100 Novels [1998]. Issued simultaneously with a signed limited edition of 324 numbered copies in yellow cloth.

Octavo (book size 13.5x20cm), pp. [8] 306 [2]. Publisher’s light blue cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge tinted blue, in original dust jacket priced ‘7s. 6d. NET’ to the lower corner of the front flap, rear flap blank.
  Condition: Near fine, modicum of rubbing to spine ends and corners, occasional faint spotting to fore edge and front endpapers, in near fine dust jacket, hint of wear to spine ends and corners, a few faint spots to flaps, short 1cm closed tear to upper front corned and lower left edge of spine.   Ref: 109671   Price: HK$ 65,000