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HG Wells first editions

Browse our fine collection of H G Wells rare books and first editions including The Time Machine The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Invisible Man

 

The futurist novelist H G Wells is best known for his science fiction works and became a literary sensation when The Time Machine was published. Besides fiction, he wrote social satires, essays, articles, and non-fiction books as well. He also worked as a book reviewer for many years and promoted the careers of other writers like James Joyce and Joseph Conrad. An outspoken socialist, he openly supported pacifist views, and most of his later works were political and pedagogic. Wells was also an artist, and often illustrated the endpapers and title pages of his own works

 

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  1. 12 issues (complete); large 8vo (234 x 155 mm); plates, illustrations and advertisements; publisher's pictorial wrappers, first part rather worn and dust-soiled with upper wrapper detached, another issue browned and worn at spine with upper cover detached, otherwise a very good set.

    £475
  2. First edition, first impression, inscribed presentation copy; 8vo; illustrated title page, pages browned as usual, some marks and spots throughout, 3pp ALS from the author tipped in; publisher's grey, watered silk, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, edges a little rubbed; 16 pp ads at end. Very good indeed.

    £6,500
  3. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's red cloth, titles to upper board and to spine gilt, spine slightly rolled but an excellent copy.

    £95
  4. First edition, signed presentation copy from the author; 8vo; device to title, 32pp. advertisements dated Autumn Season 1897, browning to free endpapers, occasional minor spotting; original blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt, edges untrimmed, spine slightly dulled, some minor marking and rubbing.

    £1,950
  5. Atlantic edition, 28 volumes, 8vo, limited to 1050 sets for the U.S.A., signed by the author, photogravure frontispiece to each volume, modern burgundy half-morocco gilt, original spine labels tipped-in at rear, a complete and very handsome set.

    £5,500
 

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