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Ape and Essence

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Ape and Essence

by Huxley, Aldous

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  • Hardcover
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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1948. First US edition in later state dust jacket (not gold foil). Hardcover. Very good ++. 205 pp. Octavo. [21 cm]. Navy cloth over boards with author's initials stamped in light blue ink on front board and gilt and blue striped stamped decortation and title stamped on spine. Deckled edges. Subtle sunning to pages. Dust jacket is in very good condition; it is price clipped and scuffed at extremities. Small piece of tape to the reverse. Known for its interesting plot structure divided into a frame narrative: readers are introduced to two writers: a novelist and screenwriter. Readers are then immersed in the fictional work they resurrect together, which is set in a dystopic universe Huxley is famous for painting. Using a setting after mass nuclear destruction and "World War Three", a post apolocalyptic society emerges which engages in annual orgies and ritualistic murder of babies with cancerous effects from radiation. Its iconic vignettes of baboons performing 20th century human daily tasks add an extra layer of haunting thrill.


Ape and Essence is a novel by Aldous Huxley, published by Chatto & Windus in the UK and Harper & Brothers in the US. It is set in a dystopia, similar to that in Brave New World, Huxley's more famous work. It is largely a satire of the rise of large-scale warfare and warmongering in the 20th century, and presents a pessimistic view of the politics of mutually assured destruction.


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Ape and Essence
Huxley, Aldous
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Used - Very good ++
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First US edition in later state dust jacket (not gold foil)
Harper & Brothers Publishers
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New York
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dystopia; classics; modern firsts; philosophy; mid century; SD

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About Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA

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Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Later State
used in book collecting to refer to a book from a later run of a first edition, generally distinguished by a change in some part...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
Price Clipped
When a book is described as price-clipped, it indicates that the portion of the dust jacket flap that has the publisher's...
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...

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