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WELLS, H. G.

Rare books by H. G. Wells, including first editions, signed and finely bound copies of The War of the Worlds and Tales of Space and Time.

Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) is most commonly remembered as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’ due to his influential works The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man. Wells also produced an abundant body of work outside of the genre, both in fiction and non-fiction, including essays, social commentary, politics and history and novels.

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  1. The Time Machine.

    The Time Machine.

    An Invention.
    First edition, first issue of the author's first novel, with the 16-page publisher's catalogue and requisite binding points. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100168

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  2. The Time Machine.
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    The Time Machine.

    An Invention.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "H. B. Marriott Watson, With the author's kind regards" and with the recipient's bookplate to the front pastedown. This is a significant association copy: the Australian-born Marriott Watson left for England in 1885 to become a journalist. He was a staff member of the National Observer under W. Learn More
    £17,500

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 90229

    Signed: Yes

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  3. The Island of Doctor Moreau.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 49692

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  4. The Island of Dr. Moreau.
    signed

    The Island of Dr. Moreau.

    First edition, first state. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "J. T. Ewen, warmest regards from H. G. Wells." John Taylor Ewen (1863-1942) was a Forfar-born engineer involved in the construction of the Forth Railway Bridge, and collector and patron of the artist James Watterston Herald. He published a novel, Susie; a Princess o' Paddy: A tale of Scottish home life (Forfar, 1892), under the pseudonym Frank F. Learn More
    £25,000

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103132

    Signed: Yes

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  5. The Invisible Man.

    The Invisible Man.

    A Grotesque Romance.
    First edition. With the bookplate of the American mystery writer and journalist Fulton Ousler, the author of The Greatest Story Ever Told, the basis for the 1965 film starring Max von Sydow and Charlton Heston. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 82276

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  6. The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance.
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    The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance.

    First edition, first impression. With Wells's fine contemporary presentation inscription to the half title page, "W. W. Jacobs from H. G. Wells". With the recipient's embroidered silk bookmark laid in. An excellent association: Jacobs (1863-1943) was a close contemporary of Wells, the highest earning writer of his day, and a superb technician. His masterful horror-tale "The Monkey's Paw", his most enduring piece of writing, has been frequently anthologized. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 67963

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The War of the Worlds.

    The War of the Worlds.

    First edition, first issue, with the 16-page publisher's catalogue and the end, dated 1897 and headed by New Letters of Napoleon I. The War of the Worlds was originally printed as a serial in Pearson's magazine from April to December 1897. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109638

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  8. The War of the Worlds.

    The War of the Worlds.

    First edition, first issue, with the 16-page publisher's catalogue at the end, dated 1897 and headed by New Letters of Napoleon I. The War of the Worlds was originally printed as a serial in Pearson's magazine from April to December 1897. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111454

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  9. The War of the Worlds.

    The War of the Worlds.

    First edition, first impression, first issue binding with the 16pp of ads at the rear dated 1897. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 66672

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  10. The War of the Worlds.

    The War of the Worlds.

    First edition in book form, first issue, with the sixteen- page publisher's catalogue to rear, dated 1897 and headed by New Letters of Napoleon I. The War of the Worlds was originally printed as a serial in Pearson's magazine from April to December 1897. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108391

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  11. When The Sleeper Wakes.
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    When The Sleeper Wakes.

    A story of the years to come. With illustrations.
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Henry Hick, from H. G. Wells". Dr Henry Hick came to know Wells through his old school friend George Gissing. When Wells became ill on a cycling holiday in 1898, he recuperated at Hicks's house in New Romney, where he was visited by Edmund Gosse and Henry James. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1899

    Published: London and New York

    Stock Code: 115303

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Tales of Space and Time.
    signed

    Tales of Space and Time.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author with an original ink drawing on the first blank: "H. Hick from H. G. Wells", with a small sketch of a medicine bottle with label reading "To be taken as required" below. Dr Henry Hick came to know Wells through his old school friend George Gissing. When Wells became ill on a cycling holiday in 1898, he recuperated at Hicks's house in New Romney, where he was visited by Edmund Gosse and Henry James. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London & New York

    Stock Code: 115293

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Tales of Space and Time.

    Tales of Space and Time.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to Henry James, inscribed by the author at publication on the first blank, "Henry James from H G. Wells". Beneath the inscription Wells has sketched a drawing of a club-wielding cave man — probably a reference to the third story in this collection, "A Story of the Stone Age". Though dated 1900, the book was actually published in November 1899 and James wrote to Wells on 20 November 1899 to thank him for the gift of this and another book: "These new tales I have already absorbed and, to the best of my powers, assimilated. Learn More
    £27,500

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London & New York

    Stock Code: 100619

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  14. The First Men In The Moon.
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published:

    Stock Code: 19856

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  15. The Sea Lady.

    The Sea Lady.

    A Tissue Of Moonshine.
    First Edition, First Issue. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1902

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    Stock Code: 19862

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  16. Mankind in the Making.
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    Mankind in the Making.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To W. W. Jacobs This little tale of Serious Reading from H.G.W." Beside this inscription Wells has drawn a sketch of two men loading cargo onto a ship one of whom bears the initials WWJ. An excellent association: Jacobs was a close contemporary of Wells, the highest earning writer of his day, and a superb technician. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published:

    Stock Code: 49564

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Kipps
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    Kipps

    The Story of a Simple Soul.
    First edition, first impression, secondary state of the ads dated 10.10.05. Presentation copy inscribed by Wells on the half title: "To F. M. Hueffer with affection from H. G. Wells". A superb association linking two of the heaviest hitters of Edwardian fiction. Hueffer - who changed his name during the War to the less Teutonic sounding Ford Madox Ford - was part of the coterie that included Conrad, James and Galsworthy, a group among whom a kind of grudging respect and qualified friendship developed. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 28390

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Kipps.
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    Kipps.

    The Story of a Simple Soul.
    First edition, first impression, primary state of the ads dated 16.08.05. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To W. W. Jacobs from H. G. Wells". An excellent association: Jacobs was a close contemporary of Wells, the highest earning writer of his day, and a superb technician. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published:

    Stock Code: 49562

    Signed: Yes

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  19. Kipps.
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    Kipps.

    The Story of a Simple Soul.
    First edition, first impression, second state of the ads dated 10.10.05. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Henry Newbolt, from H. G. Wells", together with a sketch of a laurel wreath. Between 1900 and 1905 Newbolt was the editor of the Monthly Review, where he enthusiastically reviewed Wells's The Sea Lady in 1902. A flattered Wells invited Newbolt to join the Co-efficients dining club, which had been set up by Sidney and Beatrice Webb that year, "‘for politicians to meet thinkers'", and included other Edwardian luminaries such as Bertrand Russell, Sir Edward Grey and Alfred Milner. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107268

    Signed: Yes

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  20. The War in the Air

    The War in the Air

    and Particularly how Mr. Bert Smallways Fared while it Lasted.
    First Edition First Impression. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published:

    Stock Code: 27193

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