Animal Farm lettered
Last recorded sale
Last sold price
The signed limited edition of Animal Farm by George Orwell is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color oil painting illustrations by Omar Rayyan as well as a new exclusive introduction by Richard Blair, adopted son of George Orwell. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by Richard Blair and Omar Rayyan, and the Artist edition is signed by Omar Rayyan. All three editions are printed letterpress on a Heidelberg Cylinder Press by Norman Clayton in Ojai, California.
All editions feature over 50 pages of bonus content, which includes Orwell’s proposed preface to Animal Farm, Orwell’s preface to the Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm and a photograph of Orwell feeding his pet goat Muriel.
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies lettered A-Z and is bound as a concave spine binding sewn on paper stubs, which have been attached to a handmade ring structure covered in goatskin at the back of the book. The front and back boards are covered in custom made spotted calf vellum with goatskin rings attached, interlocking at the spine, and finally hinged using an acrylic rod passed through each of the rings.
The hinged rod structure allow the boards total flexibilty and ease of opening, whilst the sewn stub also provides the textblock with greater functionalilty and protection. The concave has been in use since the 1980s in one form or another, know as either piano hinge or door hinge bindings; and examples of rod bindings date back as far as the Renaissance period.
Endpapers are hand marbled by Claire Guillot in Southern France. The book is housed in a Chemise-étui covered in leather and Hahnemühle Bugra paper, and placed in the well of a lipped tray locking quarter leather clamshell enclosure, lined in Japanese cloth and flocked velour. The rounded spine of the enclosure is stamped in 22 Carat genuine gold foil.
An original signed drawing as well as a set of six giclée art prints are included and housed in a custom handmade portfolio with a leather cover label stamped using 22 Carat genuine gold foil.
The edition is printed letterpress on Somerset Book Moldmade paper and is signed by Richard Blair and Omar Rayyan. It is handbound by bookbinder Gavin Dovey in Pound Ridge, New York.