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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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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Wells to his literary mentor on the half-title, "W. E. Henley from H. G. Wells (with apologies)". William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), poet, critic, journalist and influential editor of The National Observer and other papers "had a gift for finding and encouraging new talent"... Learn More
    £18,000

    Stock Code: 115742

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  2. 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... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 67963

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  3. The Invisible Man.
    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

    Stock Code: 82276

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  4. 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

    Stock Code: 111454

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  5. 128988
    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

    Stock Code: 128988

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  6. 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... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 49564

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    London: 1905

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Wells to Ford Madox Ford 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... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 28390

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  8. Kipps.
    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

    Stock Code: 49562

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  9. The War in the Air
    First edition, first impression. With Wells's fine contemporary presentation inscription to the half title page, "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
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 49561

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  10. First & Last Things.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in pencil, "Henry Newbolt, from the author. Nov. 1908." 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... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 109521

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    Ann Veronica is commonly believed to be inspired by Well's 1908-9 extramarital..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "'The Young Mistress's Tale' to Arnold Bennett. With love from his nephew, H. G. Wells", with Bennett's bookplate to the front pastedown. Ann Veronica is commonly believed to be inspired by Well's 1908-9 extramarital... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 131700

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  12. 129966
    First edition in book-form, first impression, of Wells's comedic take on Edwardian social life, with strong autobiographical themes. The title first appeared as a serial in The State (South Africa), October 1909-March 1910. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 129966

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  13. 126948
    First edition, first impression, with the scarce dust jacket. Written for the author's two sons, aged 10 and 8 at the time of publication, Floor Games explores the possibilities of imaginative play, city building, exploration, and war. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 126948

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  14. Floor Games.
    First edition, first impression. Written for the author's two sons, Floor Games explores the possibilities of imaginative play, city building, exploration, and war. Rare in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 90331

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  15. The Research Magnificent.
    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the dust jacket. The Research Magnificent was written during Wells's affair with Rebecca West, and some of its themes may have been attempts to address that troubled relationship. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 87347

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    The Works.

    New York: 1924

    The Atlantic Edition, deluxe issue bound in half morocco, number 618 of 1,050 sets signed by the author in volume I. "The text throughout is read and revised by the author, who has written a special preface to each volume as well as a general introduction to the set" (Wells, p. 61). Scribners offered the set in regular cloth... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 121630

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    The Works.

    London: 1924-7

    Signed limited "Atlantic" edition, number 491 of 620 sets signed by the author on the limitation page of vol. I, for sale and distribution in Britain (a further 1,050 sets were produced and signed for the American issue). The Atlantic edition is the finest collected edition of Wells's works, with the author revising the... Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 129483

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    The Works.

    New York: 1924

    The Atlantic Edition, one of a limited edition of 1,050 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf of which this is number 998, and with new prefaces written especially for this edition by the author. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £12,000

    Stock Code: 122488

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    The Works.

    New York: 1924-7

    The Atlantic Edition, number 605 of 1,670 sets signed by the author. "The text throughout is read and revised by the author, who has written a special preface to each volume as well as a general introduction to the set" (Wells, p. 61). Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 128513

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    The Atlantic Edition, one of a limited edition of 1,050 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf of which this is number 432, and with new prefaces written especially for this edition by the author. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £12,000

    Stock Code: 129963

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