1984 by George Orwell - Numbered Edition

1984 by George Orwell - Numbered Edition

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Originally published on June 8, 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian masterpiece of tremendous influence and enduring relevance. Orwell’s nightmare vision for 1984 is of a totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and the Thought Police, which persecute independent thinking. Orwell’s world is one in which the news is manufactured by the authorities, no one is free, and individuality is obsolete.

1984 was the ninth and final book George Orwell completed in his lifetime.  Parallels have been drawn between its subject matter and real-life instances of totalitarianism, communism, mass surveillance, and violations of freedom of expression. The novel uses several terms that have entered common usage in the English language including Big Brother, doublethink and thoughtcrime.

American literary critic Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s classic, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.”

The novel has been included in Time magazine’s 100 Best English-Language Novels, the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, and on the BBC’s list of the 100 Most Influential Novels. On January 25, 2017, the book broke new ground when it suddenly appeared at the #1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list, an unheard-of occurrence for a book published 68 years prior.

Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call to become aware of the assaults on our personal freedoms, and to defend humankind’s most precious right: the freedom to have our own thoughts.

The fine press limited edition of 1984 by George Orwell is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist Gift editions. 


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • Limited to 250 copies.
  • Full paste paper binding, with papers hand painted by Marie Kelzer.
  • Cover and spine include a foil stamped label.
  • Smyth sewn, flatback handbinding.
  • Introduction by New York Times Bestselling author, Joe Hill.
  • Seventeen full color illustrations by Hugo Award winning artist, Jim Burns.
  • Signed by Joe Hill and Jim Burns.
  • Printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine.
  • Endsheets are Canson Ingress.
  • Housed in a blue acrylic slipcase. 
  • Premiums with all pre-orders include print and bookmark.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2020 by Jim Burns
Photography by Yegor Malinovskii
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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Peter Hunt
Each copy a work of art. Among my favourite Suntup numbered editions.

I will admit, at first, I was unsure about the design of this edition. It was so different from anything I had imagined for the book, and I didn’t understand, at first, how it reflected the tone I remembered.

After seeing it in person - and more importantly, holding my copy in my hands - I was completely enthralled. The artistic talent and craft put into the book was evident, as was the intent behind it. It simply clicked; I got it.

The original art covers, the letterpress printing, and the interior illustrations make 1984 an edition that will go down in Suntup’s history as one of their best. I love it.

R.J. Huneke
Truly befitting the literary classic, Suntup's #'d 1984 is like no other!

The handmade paper unique to each book give the perfect grim cityscape and Orwellian feel to this amazing edition that is truly befitting the literary classic, 1984.

Ryan Cullivan

To say this book was special would be an understatement! It is an absolute artistic masterpiece. The acrylic see through case is the icing on the cake. Paul Suntup and team out did themselves.

Jerry Rhodes

Love the innovative cover and slipcase treatments selected for this classic. Well done, as always!

Jayson Powell
Unique Book Well Constructed

This copy of 1984 is a unique, beautiful take. The quality is exactly as good as you would expect from Suntup