Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

The English People

London: Collins, 1947. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 x 6 1/2"). 47, [1]pp. Original illustrated dust-jacket over matching illustrated paper covered boards, with white lettering to front cover and spine. Publisher's device on title page.

""The English People" is an essay by English author George Orwell, first published in August 1947. It was commissioned in September 1943 by W. J. Turner, Collins's General Editor, for the series 'Britain in Pictures.'

The idea for the series came from the Ministry of Information. It was published with twenty-five illustrations, eight of which were full-page color plates, and included work by artists Edward Ardizzone, Dame Laura Knight, L. S. Lowry, Henry Moore, John Minton, and Feliks Topolski amongst others. Written during World War II, it presents Orwell's vision of what it meant to be "English."

Orwell did not think highly of his own work. He described it as "silly" and "propaganda", and refused to allow it to be reprinted."

Dust-jacket slightly rubbed and partly chipped along edges. Offsetting to endpapers. DJ in overall good- to good, binding and interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #41759

Price: $65.00

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