Animal Farm by George Orwell
Illustrated with Twenty-Four Relief Prints by Jonathan Hammer
Arion Press, 2013, Signed Limited Edition, 108 of 300
Signed by Jonathan Hammer
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Animal Farm” published by the Arion Press in 2013 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 108. From the publisher, “George Orwell was the wintry conscience not only for England, but for much of the world through his two most influential books Animal Farm(1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). In Animal Farm, the farm animals rebel against their subjugation and drive out the farmer and his wife. The pigs take charge, and one of them, named Napoleon, becomes dictator. As the Stanford University historian Peter Stansky writes in his introduction, “Orwell is a writer of extraordinary power and this may be his greatest masterpiece, a perfect text. As a fable about human nature it transcends the political era in which it was written. It is in so many ways a despairing book, but it has such compassion and empathy. In the end, there is still a glimmer that possibly some day we might create a better and more equal society.”
The Arion Press edition of Animal Farm is large octavo in format, 10-1/8 by 7-1/2 inches, of 156 numbered text pages, plus 24 unnumbered leaves for the illustrations, for a total of 204 pages. The type is Times New Roman in Monotype, with display sizes set by hand. It was printed by letterpress on Zerkall ivory book, a German mouldmade paper. The 24 relief prints are printed by letterpress from polymer plates made from films scratched by the artist with an etching needle for the black images, with photo-polymer plates made from overlay drawings in pencil for the red tints. The binding is three-piece cloth, with a maroon spine and ochre sides, imprinted with images of a farm gate on the front and back covers. The book is housed in a slipcase with the same materials used for the book.
The book is signed by Jonathan Hammer.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus and an invitation to the launch party for the publication.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
A stock composite photograph of the binding and the frontispiece illustration as well as a composite photograph of the front cover of the prospectus and one of the illustrations in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."