First edition, first printing. Original green cloth with white titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the cloth clean and bright. The contents with a presentation inscription from the novelist J. D. Beresford to the actress, writer and philosopher Esmé Wynne-Tyson on the front endpaper are otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the first issue dustwrapper which is lightly rubbed and nicked to the spine tips and fold corners. Not price-clipped (6s net to the front flap). With the blue Searchlight Books logo to the underside. Housed in a bespoke quarter morocco solander case with titles in gilt to burgundy labels to the spine. A very attractive example, in entirely original condition and with an interesting literary provenance.
J. D. Beresford's review copy of the first edition of Orwell's Animal Farm which he then inscribes to his literary collaborator Esmé Wynne-Tyson "For Esmé / from / John David / The Retreat / Holt. Wilts / Aug 1945". The first printing consisted of 4500 copies and although stated "first published May 1945" on the copyright page, publication was delayed until August due to paper shortages. Beresford's review of Animal Farm was published in the Manchester Guardian on August 24th 1945. Orwell, in his November 1945 essay "Good Bad Books" (later reprinted in "Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays", 1950) describes Beresford as a "natural novelist", whose strength, particularly in "A Candidate for Truth", was his ability to take seriously the problems of ordinary people. Provenance: Esmé Wynne-Tyson; by descent Jon Wynne-Tyson. [Fenwick A10a].
Stock code: 18138