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Animal Farm by George Orwell 1946 Vintage Book Club hardcover with Christopher Morley's BOMC review appended

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This is a lovely copy of the 1946 book club edition of Animal Farm by George Orwell. Of special interest is the inclusion of the original BOMC insert that contains Christopher Morley's review of Orwell's great work. This was affixed to the front fly-leaf by the previous owner.

The jacket blurb is worth quoting:

"The animals on Mr. Jones's farm stage a successful revolution, and take the place over. Their hopes, their plans, and their achievements form the subject of "Animal Farm". In the first flush of enthusiasm there is set ups a great commandment, ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, but unfortunately leadership devolves almost automatically on the pigs, who are on a higher intellectual level than the rest. The revolution begins to go wrong - yet at every step excellent excuses are always forthcoming for each perversion of the original doctrine. ...

"About this little book there is the same kind of reality one concedes to 'Alice in Wonderland'. It lives in the heart as a direct story, as a story for its own sake, and yet, although the author never intrudes or points a moral, it also takes on meanings from what we have all noticed in the affairs of the world. To read it is an experience out of the ordinary, for it goes at a bounce into that region where the heart and the head join together in enjoyment."

Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company
New York (©1946)
Book of the Month Club Edition, with Book club Bulletin affixed to fly-leaf.
(In fact, as to this affixment, the book club suggests on the rear exterior of the flyer that it be pasted to the fly-leaf ... and this the original owner did.)
The Book Club bulletin was written by Christopher Morley

Book Club hardcover; 118 pages; approximately 5" x 7 3/8"; green cloth with title, etc. lettered in gold on spine; decorated dust-jacket

There are two signatures of the original owner - one written in ink to the fly-leaf, and one inked to the front of the affixed bulletin. The book itself, taking into consideration the flyer pasted to fly-leaf (at the suggestion of the book club), and aside form one tiny, near-negligible nick to the top edges of a couple of leaves is in exceptional condition - fine, bright and presentable

The dust-jacket has taken the brunt of times wear - there is mild surface rub, and the jacket exhibits creasing, nicks and several tears to the edges, mostly along the top - it looks decent under a protective mylar cover.


Animal Farm by George Orwell 1946 Vintage Book Club hardcover with Christopher Morley's BOMC review appended