View full screen - View 1 of Lot 157. Orwell, Kolgosp Tvarin [Animal Farm], 1947, first Ukrainian edition.

Orwell, Kolgosp Tvarin [Animal Farm], 1947, first Ukrainian edition

Orwell, Kolgosp Tvarin [Animal Farm], 1947, first Ukrainian edition

Orwell, Kolgosp Tvarin [Animal Farm], 1947, first Ukrainian edition


Kolgosp Tvarin [Animal Farm]. Munich: Vidavnitstvi Prometei, [1947]

8vo, first Ukrainian edition of "Animal Farm", special 6-page forward for this edition by the author, original pictorial wrappers, slightly browned and sunned

One of the earliest international translations of Animal Farm, most copies of which are thought to have been destroyed when they fell into the hands of the Ukrainian authorities. The special preface by Orwell is an account of his early life, his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, his views on Stalinism and the Soviet regime, and his belief in the Socialist movement. It concludes with a very valuable explanation of the genesis of Animal Farm: "On my return from Spain I thought of exposing the Soviet myth in a story that could easily be understood by almost anyone and which could be easily translated into other languages...One day...I saw a little boy, perhaps ten years old, driving a huge cart-horse along a narrow path, whipping it whenever it tried to turn. It struck me that if only such animals became aware of their strength we should have no power over them, and that men exploit animals in much the same way as the rich exploit the proletariat..." (translation provided Fenwick, p.97)


Fenwick A.10.T25

Please see shipping calculator link: click here.

Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate.

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.