HUXLEY, Aldous. Brave New World.

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HUXLEY, Aldous. Brave New World. London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.

8vo., original yellow cloth over bevelled boards, contrasting blue morocco label gilt to spine, preserved in the incredibly fragile original glassine wrapper; upper edge gilt, else untrimmed; pp. [ix], 2-306, [vi]; glassine ripped, chipped and torn, with overall toning; having done a good job of preserving the boards underneath, which are just a touch toned to the edges; else a near-fine example, internally clean and bright, with sticker of the Holliday bookshop to the lower paste-down.
Limited edition of Huxley's classic dystopia. This copy no. 224 of just 314 copies, signed by the author to the limitation page and specially bound in yellow cloth. The First UK edition was split into signed and trade issues, published simultaneously on 2 February.
Brave New World was written between May and August 1931 while Huxley was living in Sanary-sur-Mer, France. Already well established as a writer, the novel was his fifth major work, but his first forray into the world of Dystopia. It was followed in 1958 with a direct sequel, Brave New World Revisited, and in 1962 with his final novel, Island, the utopian counterpart.
Often compared to Orwell's 1984 (published in 1949), the story is a sinister one, in which Huxley prophesises a futuristic world where a combination of science and pleasure form a feudalistic society. Into this modern world, test tube babies are born, resulting in a pre-ordained caste system consisting of intelligent humans suited to the highest positions (Alphas) and conversely, serf-like beings genetically programmed to carry out menial works, who are controlled through 'soma' - a drug which induces happiness. Written between the two World Wars, it in many ways predicts with startling accuracy the danger of Eugenics and 'designer babies', issues still discussed at length today.
The title comes directly from Miranda's speech in Shakespeare's The Tempest:
O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in 't.

Exceedingly rare in the original glassine.

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