GEORGE ORWELL -- Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Facsimile of the Extant Manuscript, edited by Peter Davison with a preface by Daniel G. Siegel (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich/M&S Press, $75). George Orwell habitually threw away the manuscripts to his books but by chance sections of the preliminary drafts of Nineteen Eighty-Four survive -- about 44 percent of the published work. The 183 surviving pages are reproduced in this handsome facsimile edition, a triumph of good printing and graphic reproduction sure to delight the bibliophile. Each facsimile page, in blue ink on unlined yellow paper, faces a typed transcript page, so it is possible to follow closely the course of the work's composition. Orwell began his indictment of totalitarianism ("Big Brother Is Watching You") in 1946, at a time when Europe was devastated by war and men everywhere expected the outbreak of another war. Indeed for a time he considered "The Last Man in Europe" for his title. Now, almost four decades on, though Orwell's prophesies did not quite come to pass (in Western Europe at least), we continute to celebrate the marvelous political satire of his great novel. ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, by Lewis Carroll (Knopf, $13.95 each). Not everyone likes the Alice books as a child. Certainly I never did; they seemed too phantasmagoric, like a feverish dream when one was sick. It was only as an adult that I came to appreciate the marvelous intricacy of Carroll's tales. Having paid that hommage, let it be said that these facsimiles of the original editions of Carroll's works (1866 and 1872 respectively) are beyond doubt the ones to own: handsomely bound, the right compact size, with gilt edges and, above all, the wonderful original illustrations of Sir John Tenniel. A BOOK OF DAYS FOR THE LITERARY YEAR, edited by Neal T. Jones (Thames & Hudson, $12.95). Here is the end-all in a literary book of days. The color reproductions of portraits and antique photographs lend a special distinction to this very handsome volume. You can look up any day of the year and see what happened in literature on that date. I was especially pleased to learn that Richard Ellmann, James Joyce's biographer, shares my birthday, the ides of March, the very day that Lord Byron in 1820 called Keats "a tadpole of the Lakes."