Karel Capek. War with the Newts. Translated by M. & R. Weatherall. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1937.

    First edition. Octavo. 348 pages.

    Cream cloth boards with black lettering on cover and spine. Board edges and corners are firm and sharp with minor bumping to spine ends. Light staining along joints, as is typical with this book. Minor dampstaining of textblock; glue stains to endpapers. Dust jacket shows faint foxing overall, with light wear and rubbing to edges; two pinhole tears and minor soiling on spine. Capek's last and best novel is a clever satire in which a race of moderately intelligent salamanders is discovered and enslaved by men, only to have the newts turn on their masters. This is a fine copy of a tale that, according to some, was George Orwell's direct inspiration for Animal Farm.

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