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.
    WELLS, H. G. The Time Machine.

    London : 1895

    First UK edition, first issue (with the 16-page publisher's catalogue starting with "The Manxman", and requisite binding points). It is preceded, earlier in the same month, by an American edition rife with errors - Heinemann's was the first appearance of the definitive text.

    In 1888 Wells had written a series of articles concerning time travel... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 145282

  2. The Time Machine.
    WELLS, H. G. The Time Machine.

    London : 1895

    First UK edition, first issue (with the 16-page publisher's catalogue starting with "The Manxman", and requisite binding points). It is preceded, earlier in the same month, by an American edition rife with errors - Heinemann's was the first appearance of the definitive text.

    In 1888 Wells had written a series of articles concerning time travel... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145281

  3. 145990
    WELLS, H. G. The Island of Dr. Moreau.

    London : 1896

    First edition, first issue, with rear advertisement for The Time Machine on terminal leaf preceding 16 leaves of advertisements, beginning with The Manxman and ending with Out of Due Season. One of Wells's best-known books, a seminal work of science fiction, and a major influence on popular culture both at the time and since. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145990

  4. The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance.`
    WELLS, H. G. The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance.`

    London : 1897

    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... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 67963

  5. When The Sleeper Wakes.
    WELLS, H. G. When The Sleeper Wakes.

    London and New York : 1899

    First edition of Wells's dystopian novel depicting "our contemporary world in a state of highly inflamed distension". However, dissatisfied with this first version, saying it was written when he was under time pressure, Wells revised it in 1910 and published it as When the Sleeper Awakes. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 148738

  6. Tales of Space and Time.
    WELLS, H. G. Tales of Space and Time.

    London & New York : 1900

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author with one of his characteristic "picshuas", a caricature portrait 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... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 115293

  7. Kipps.
    WELLS, H. G. Kipps.

    1905

    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
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 49562

  8. First & Last Things.
    WELLS, H. G. First & Last Things.

    London : 1908

    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 to join the Co-efficients... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 109521

  9. Ann Veronica
    WELLS, H. G. Ann Veronica

    London : 1909

    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. Signed copies of Ann Veronica are uncommon, with just three copies traced at auction, none with such an appealing... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 131700

  10. Floor Games.
    WELLS, H. G. Floor Games.

    London : 1911

    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.

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    £475.00

    Stock Code: 126948

  11. Floor Games.
    WELLS, H. G. Floor Games.

    London : 1911

    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
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 90331

  12. The Research Magnificent.
    WELLS, H. G. The Research Magnificent.

    London : 1915

    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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 87347

  13. What Is Coming? A Forecast of Things after the War.
    WELLS, H. G. What Is Coming? A Forecast of Things after the War.

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression. This is a collection of 12 articles in which Wells offers his predictions on the political and economic changes that will come to the world in the wake of the First World War. Wells "boldly opened What is Coming?, a new book of prophesy and forecast, by invoking his modest scientific training again as one of the most... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 137670

  14. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. The Works.

    New York : 1924-27

    The Atlantic Edition, number 130 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of volume I and released for distribution in America, very handsomely bound. A further 620 sets were issued in Great Britain and Ireland. Wells contributed new prefaces especially for this edition. Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 146413

  15. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. The Works.

    New York : 1924-27

    A handsome set of the Atlantic Edition. Signed limited edition, deluxe issue, number 711 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of Volume I and released for distribution in America, of which 50 were reserved for presentation.

    A further 620 sets were released by T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd, in Great Britain and Ireland, 20 of which... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 143381

  16. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. The Works.

    London : 1924-27

    Signed limited "Atlantic" edition, the preferred "London" issue, 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, and are by far the more common of the two issues. The Atlantic edition is the finest collected edition... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 129483

  17. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. The Works.

    New York : 1924-27

    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).

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    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 128513

  18. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. 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
    £12,000.00

    Stock Code: 122488

  19. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. 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 bindings but also as here... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 121630

  20. Kipps.
    WELLS, H. G. Kipps.

    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 Ford - was part of the coterie... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 28390

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