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Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays. Eric Arthur Blair, George ORWELL.
Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays

Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of First American Edition (so stated), presenting two of Orwell's best essays, the title piece and The Hanging; one of 4,000 copies printed. 8vo (201 x 130mm): [8],200pp. Publisher's grey linen grain cloth, spine stamped in silver gilt; white dust jacket printed in blue and black and priced $2.75. Reordered, else identical to British edition. About Fine (trace of shelf wear), about Fine jacket (back panel somewhat creased). Fenwick D.3b. Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB1805

A collection of eighteen essays, many of which appeared previously in various periodicals. The title piece is based on Orwell’s experience with the Indian Imperial Police, in Moulmein, in Lower Burma. Responding to a report of the death of a local man who was killed by an elephant, Orwell finds the man “lying on his belly with arms crucified and head sharply twisted to the side.” Despite Orwell’s aversion to shooting the elephant, he becomes suddenly aware that he will lose face and be humiliated if he does not, and the trigger is pulled. The pachyderm's death is reported in excruciating detail. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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