ORWELL (GEORGE) A Clergyman's Daughter, UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE FIRST EDTION, DUST-JACKET, 1935
Lot 178
ORWELL (GEORGE) A Clergyman's Daughter, UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE FIRST EDITION, DUST-JACKET, 1935
Sold for £23,750 (US$ 38,480) inc. premium

Lot Details
ORWELL (GEORGE) A Clergyman's Daughter, UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE FIRST EDTION, DUST-JACKET, 1935
ORWELL (GEORGE)
A Clergyman's Daughter, UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE FIRST EDITION, publisher's buff printed wrappers ('A Clergyman's Daughter/ by/ George Orwell/ Proof'), with the word 'Uncorrected' supplied in red crayon, in the original yellow DUST-JACKET, printed in black and pink, top edges frayed, spine browned and chipped with slight loss [cf. Fenwick A3a], 8vo, Victor Gollanz, 1935

Footnotes

  • A REMARKABLY GOOD UNCORRECTED PROOF OF ORWELL'S RARE SECOND NOVEL, IN AN EVEN RARER DUST-JACKET.

    Despite positive reviews, A Clergyman's Daughter was a largely experimental work which never satisfied Orwell: he allowed no further editions during his lifetime, left instructions for it never to be reprinted after his death, and variously described the work as "bollox" (to Henry Miller) and "tripe" (to Brenda Orwell). He had finished writing the novel in early October 1934 and sent the manuscript to his agent, Leonard Moore, shortly after, but publication by Gollanz was delayed until March due to various last-minute alterations for fear of libel, particularly over the depiction of private schooling. The original manuscript does not survive in order to make comparisons, but a comprehensive list of Orwell's known alterations is supplied by Peter Davison in the 1986 Complete Works edition, and the book's composition and publication are detailed by Fenwick.

    The novel in any form is very scarce, ABPC recording just three copies of the book selling at auction since 1975. All three copies, including another uncorrected proof, were without jackets. Of the three copies of the first edition listed by Fenwick, only the Orwell archive copy has a dust-jacket, and this differs from ours in that it has some publisher's advertisements on the rear.
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