Aldous Huxley | First Editions
1894 - 1963
Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family (a British family of which several members have excelled in scientific, medical, artistic, and literary fields. The patriarch of the family was the zoologist and comparative anatomist Thomas Henry Huxley).
Aldous Huxley is best known for his novels, including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London. He is also remembered for his non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug - and which inspired the name of American rock band, The Doors. Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism - in particular, universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.
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London: Chatto and Windus, 1932. [Dystopian novel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.; 306; . Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine. Two ownership inscriptions to flyleaf, some light spotting to preliminaries and the occasional mark within, endpapers split slightly along the gutter of the rear...
New York, NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1927. [Short Stories]. FIRST US APPEARANCE. Octavo (21 x 15cm), pp. viii; 323 . With 18 photogravure portraits of the various contributors to the volume. Publisher's dark brown quarter cloth with blue paper-covered boards. Gilt titles to spine and upper board. Top edge...