Factory Sealed - Shrink Wrapped
By George Orwell
The Artist edition is limited to 1000 copies, and is the only edition to feature a wraparound dust jacket illustrated by Omar Rayyan. It is a smyth sewn, quarter cloth binding with Zanders Elephant Hide paper sides and hot foil stamping on the cover and spine. Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra, and the edition is printed letterpress on premium Mohawk Via Vellum paper. It is housed in an embossed wood grain paper covered slipcase and is signed by the artist.
ABOUT THE EDITIONS
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 Artist edition is signed by Omar Rayyan. All three editions are printed letterpress on a Heidelberg Cylinder Press by Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress 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.
A NOTE ON THE TYPOGRAPHY
What makes Animal Farm so brilliant is that it is a highly political story dressed up as a quaint fairy tale. The illustrations in our edition, too, are beautiful-but-deceptively-wicked. To keep up the facade, we’ve set the text in Austin. Designed by Paul Barnes for British style magazine Harper’s & Queen between 2007 and 2014, the face is a loose revival of the late-18th century typefaces of Richard Austin. Their sharp edges and sweet curves are a study in contrasts and can’t help but make a reader feel safe even when they’re reading about conniving anthropomorphized farm animals.
Our display face is Will Carter’s Klang. Although calligraphic in nature, it was not drawn or written, but cut into card stock, giving it a thick and chunky look. It is perhaps the sort of letter that a pig might write—if that pig could hold a pen and was a celebrated printer, typographer, calligrapher, and carver of wood and slate like Carter was. Designed in 1955—ten years after the publication of Animal Farm—like the Austin types used for the text, Klang is quintessentially British and a fun (and dark) compliment to Orwell’s tragically timeless tale.
- 6” x 9” trim size.
- 176 Pages.
- Limited to 1000 copies.
- Quarter cloth smyth-sewn binding, with Zanders Elephant Hide paper sides.
- Hot foil stamping on cover and spine.
- New exclusive introduction by Richard Blair, adopted son of George Orwell.
- Six full color oil painting illustrations by Omar Rayyan.
- Dust jacket featuring wraparound artwork by Omar Rayyan (the only edition featuring the dust jacket).
- Signed by Omar Rayyan.
- Over 50 pages of bonus content including 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.
- Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra.
- Printed letterpress on premium Mohawk Via Vellum.
- Housed in an embossed wood grain paper covered slipcase.