London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. First UK edition (signed/limited), one of 324 copies, octavo size, 315 pp. Near fine. Item #CNJZ0023
Much of Aldous Huxley's (1894-1963) work deals with the conflict between the interests of the individual and society, often focusing on the problem of self-realization within the context of social responsibility. These themes reached their zenith in this work, "Brave New World", published in 1932. His most enduring work imagined a fictional future in which free will and individuality have been sacrificed in deference to complete social stability, in which he may have been more prophetic than we ever imagined.
This the first signed/limited UK edition (published simultaneously with the UK trade edition).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full canary cloth over bevelled boards, grey leather spine label with gilt lettering and decorative border, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, tasteful Ex-Libris of Louis Y. Schermerhorn on the front pastedown, limitation page tipped-in before title page, this no. 200 of 324 copies, signed by Huxley in black ink; octavo size (9 1/4" by 6 1/4"), pagination: [i-viii]  2-306 [printer's statement].
___CONDITION: Near fine, the coth binding clean other than a bit of dustiness, the spine label unworn, the corners unrubbed, the gilt top edge bright, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and othen than the Ex-Libris mentioned above free of prior owner markings; a small spot of wear to the fore-edge of the front board at the mid-point, the free endpapers slightly toned, slight residue of old cello tape on the free endpapers, and the uncut fore-edge pages somewhat dusty. Even with its few faults a bright, solid, near fine copy of a seminal work.
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