Burmese Days: A Novel

Harper and Brothers 1934


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Second US Edition (published only one month after First Printing). Near fine in original bright orange cloth, titles in black, in protective acetate cover. Previous ownership signature on front free endpaper. A very nice copy of Orwell's first book. Publisher's red-orange cloth, lettered in black, pictorial pale yellow floral endpapers; in the original yellow dust jacket, lettered in black and red-orange. Overall, a very attractive copy of this extremely scarce title, (extremely rare with the dust jacket). Orwell's second work and first novel. Victor Gollancz initially rejected the controversial novel, but agreed to publish the first British edition in 1935 after the success of the American edition and making several edits to the text. Notably, Orwell would later call the Gollancz edition 'garbled,' and, when Penguin prepared its first edition in 1940, he insisted that the publishers use the American text rather than the English. An extremely scarce title in any condition, this copy of Burmese Days is especially rare because of its excellent condition and lack of any repairs or restoration. Based on Orwell's experiences serving in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922-1927, Burmese Days is set in colonial Burma that the publisher's tout as a 'cynical, sometimes brutal answer to the Rudyard Kipling 'white man's burden' school of novelists - a caustic portrait of the white man in the East as he really is.' Specifically, it tells the story of the conflicted timber merchant John Flory, who struggles to reconcile his belief in British superior with his appreciation of the Burmese people and culture. Interestingly, while English publishers Victor Gollancz, Jonathan Cape, and William Heinemann all declined to publish Burmese Days for fear of a libel suit from officers in the British colonies, American publisher Harper & Brothers flaunted the novel' controversial subject matter.
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