ORWELL (GEORGE) Burmese Days, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY
Lot 188
ORWELL (GEORGE) Burmese Days, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY
Sold for £6,600 (US$ 10,777) inc. premium

Lot Details
GEORGE ORWELL
ORWELL (GEORGE)
Burmese Days, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed "Eleanor & Dennis from Eric Blair" on front free endpaper, publisher's cloth, spine lightly dampstained, covers bowed [Fenwick A2a], 8vo, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1934

Footnotes

  • PRESENTATION COPY OF ORWELL'S FIRST NOVEL, INSCRIBED TO ELEANOR JAQUES AND DENNIS COLLINGS. Dennis Collings noted that his early friendship with Orwell was founded on their common interest in "the East, the Far East", Orwell having been to Burma, and Collings to Africa and Malaya. Orwell corresponded with Eleanor during the evolution of the novel [See lot], writing to her in July, 1933 "I have finished my novel but there are wads of it that I simply hate, & am going to change".

    The American edition of Burmese Days appeared before the first British edition, and was certainly considered "the true first edition" by Orwell (see Fenwick, p.21).
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