Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George OrwellLondon: Secker & Warburg, 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several tape reinforcements to the verso, loss to the top edge. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Pages lightly age-tanned. Previous owners' name and date to the first blank. Pp. 71 & 72 have amateur repairs at the foot of the gutter. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Includes: Black & white drawings; Colour frontispiece & title page; Chapter headpieces; Chapter tailpieces;
From the cover: “This is the first illustrated edition of one of the most famous books of our century. Here, in a coloured frontispiece and thirty-one drawings in line, are Orwell’s famous characters — Old Major, Snowball and Napoleon, the pigs; Boxer, the willing horse; Moses the raven; and all the rest of the animals who rebel against their farmer — most skilfully realised, producing in the reader a shock of delighted recognition.
Publication of this edition shortly precedes the appearance of the full-length cartoon film of the book — the first full-length cartoon film ever to be made in England; and the same artists — John Halas and Joy Batchelor — who made the cartoons have drawn the illustrations. The illustrated Animal Farm will appeal — and appeal hugely — to adults and children alike.”