NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
by George Orwell

Secker & Warburg, London, 1949
First Edition
Binding by Minsky 2003-2006
7" x  5" x  2" + base

Lizard-grained cowhide, white metal foil stamped title and slogan.. LCD monitor embedded in cover with miniature video camera hidden behind leather with 1/8" hole for lens. When you hold the book you see yourself on the screen. The original 1949 binding is preserved within the new one. The base above recharges the battery pack that runs the system when it is off the base.  While on the base the screen power is supplied by a separate transformer to enable continuous operation when the book is on display. The base has an indicator light that is green while charging and turns off when the battery pack is fully charged.

Note the second prototype (below, right) does not have the slogan on the cover and is on its power base.  The titles on the two copies below are stamped in hologram foil. 

NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
by George Orwell

Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York 1949
First Prototype Binding by Minsky 2003
8" x  6" x  3"

NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
by George Orwell

Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York 1949
Second Prototype Binding by Minsky 2004
8" x 6" x  2 " + base

 

NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
by George Orwell

Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York 1949
First American Edition (stated)
Yale University Arts of the Book Collection
 Binding by Minsky 2004
8" x 5" x 4"

Lizard-grained cowhide, 23K gold stamped title, hologram foil stamped slogan.

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Below: The 120 V AC power base for the second prototype.
The camera is supplied by 9V DC, the screen by 12V DC.
When you remove the book from the base it
automatically switches to battery power.


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