Animal Farm. A Fairy Story - George Orwell 1945 - Secker & Warburg, London - First Edition A bright first edition in first issue dust jacket, without restoration or repair.

Animal Farm, which owes something to Swift and Defoe, is his masterpiece, the best fable in the language.’ – Connolly.

‘What I have most wanted to do throughout the last ten years is to make political writing into an art.....
Animal Farm was the first book in which I tried, with full consciousness of what I was doing, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole.’
  Animal Farm was Orwell's most successful book at the time of publication - it sold 25,000 copies within a year, has been continuously in print since 1945, and has been translated into all major languages. Appearing as the post-war settlement was taking place, and as the Cold War began to be invented, the book seemed timely. The power of the fable comes from its simplicity and its utter conviction, as well as from its fabular analysis of the history of the Soviet Union as Stalin became its leader. The fable is never forced - indeed, there is never in the tale itself any attention drawn to the existence of parallels outside the world of the farm animals. This renders the logic of the situation, and the deceits of the pigs objectively and starkly.

Orwell's lifelong interest in the idea of a clear truthful language which says what it means and conceals no lies or obfuscations is at the heart of the book. His (apparently) plain transparent prose tells the story from the ordinary farm animals' perspectives, while also exposing, without the need for explicit comment, the lies which the abuse of language can half-conceal and which so successfully bamboozle the majority of the animals: "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS". (summary courtesy of
Literary Encyclopedia)

Reference: Connolly,
The Modern Movement 93.

Octavo pp. [1 half title][1][1 title][1 copyright] 9-92. Publisher’s green cloth. First issue dust jacket with verso printed in red and white (first issue was printed in red or blue, no priority), with ‘Searchlight Books’ ‘each 2s. net’ and a picture of a train engine, priced ‘6s.’ to lower corner of front flap, which also shows a small ink ‘S’ stamp over the price.

Condition: Near fine, fading to spine ends and corners corresponding to dust jacket, in very good dust jacket, vertical closed tears to spine, horizontal closed tear to front panel from centre of spine fold with corresponding crease, chip to tail of spine, some wear to head of spine, corners and edges, toned to edges of rear panel.
  Condition: Near fine, fading to spine ends and corners corresponding to dust jacket, in very good dust jacket, vertical closed tears to spine, horizontal closed tear to front panel from centre of spine fold with corresponding crease1cm chip to tail of spine, some wear to head of spine and corners, lightly toned to edges of rear panel.   Ref: 109065   Price: HK$ 15,000