George Orwell Rare Books And Memorabilia

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George Orwell Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the celebrated British author George Orwell.

Brief history/biography

Eric Arthur Blair (commonly known for his pen name George Orwell) was born on June 25th, 1903 and died on January 21st, 1950.

Orwell was an English author and journalist who had intense political themes in his writing due to his opposition to totalitarianism and his strong belief in democratic socialism. As a matter of fact, a new political term titled "Orwellian" has now been given to define a totalitarian "social phenomenon opposed to a free society."

Orwell penned his first book Down and Out in Paris and London in 1933, followed by Burmese Days in 1934, A Clergyman's Daughter in 1935, Keep the Aspidistra Flying in 1936, The Road to Wigan Pier in 1937, Homage to Catalonia in 1938, Coming Up for Air in 1939, Animal Farm in 1945 and Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949.

Types of George Orwell Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a first edition copy of Animal Farm which was also signed by George Orwell for $50,400 in November of 2004.

  • Bloomsbury Auctions in London sold a first edition copy of Homage to Catalonia (1938) for £3,800 in March of 2008, another first edition copy of Homage to Catalonia (1938) for £3800 in April of 2009, and a first edition copy of Animal Farm (1945) for $2,200 in December of 2008.

  • Sotheby's in London sold a first edition copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) for £3,840 in December of 2006, and another first edition copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) for £2,232 in July of 2001.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first American edition copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) for $1,035 in October of 1997.
  • A first edition copy of the same title for $6,325 in December of 1993.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title for $10,755 in October of 2002.
  • A first English edition copy of Animal Farm (1945) for $2,640 in June of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) for $4,370 in December of 1993.
  • A first edition copy of Animal Farm (1945) for $2,185 in December of 1993.

  • Christie's in London sold a first edition copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) for £3,360 in June of 2005, first edition copies of both Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and Animal Farm (1945) for £1,080 in November of 2005, and a first edition copy of Homage to Catalonia (1938) for £2,070 in December of 1999.

Documents

  • Bonham's in London sold a typed letter signed by George Orwell to Richard Usborne of The Strand Magazine for £5,500 in November of 2006.

  • Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold a rare draft document of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) for $2,500 in June of 2008.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) are considered to be more valuable than any other book written by George Orwell.

Memorabilia that was once signed by George Orwell is more expensive than items which do not bare his signature.

Restoration of an original first edition copy of any of Orwell's books is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find George Orwell memorabilia, visit www.george-orwell.org.

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