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The Story of a Simple Soul.

Published: London: Macmillan, 1905

Stock code: 107268

Price: £2,250

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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. “Newbolt’s intimate (if brief) friendship with H.G. Wells was one of the most surprising results of his stint as an editor” (Playing the game: a biography of Sir Henry Newbolt, p. 137).

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to front board and spine gilt, decoration blocked in blind to front board, top edge gilt. Spine a little faded, minor wear to tips, endleaves foxed. An excellent copy.

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