New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, tan endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"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" (from the essay "Why I Write"). Stated first US edition of Orwell's classic political fable (originally published in the UK in 1945), in first-issue dust jacket (with price of $1.75 to front flap and no printing statement to rear flap). "By presenting atrocities in the terms of a fairy tale, [Orwell] makes them fresh, restoring to readers numbed by the 20th century’s parade of disasters a sense of shock and outrage. Paradoxically, by turning Trotsky and Lenin and their followers into pigs and horses and chickens, he reveals them as all too human" (Time magazine, which included the book on its 2010 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since its inception in 1923; the book also appeared on the Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th century list, and won a Retro-Hugo Award in 1996). Dust jacket designed by American sculptor and writer Art Brenner. Spine slightly cocked; unclipped dust jacket with minute chipping to spine ends and flap folds, light soiling to rear panel. Near fine. Item #2257