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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 Invisible Man.
    WELLS, H. G. The Invisible Man.

    London : 1897

    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" (ODNB). He... Learn More
    £18,000.00

    Stock Code: 115742

  2. The Invisible Man.
    WELLS, H. G. The Invisible Man.

    London : 1897

    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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 82276

  3. 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

  4. 137614
    WELLS, H. G. The War of the Worlds.

    London : 1898

    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 simultaneously in Pearson's magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US, from April to December 1897. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137614

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

    London and New York : 1899

    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. The following... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 115303

  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. Mankind in the Making.
    WELLS, H. G. Mankind in the Making.

    1903

    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... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 49564

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. The War in the Air
    WELLS, H. G. The War in the Air

    London : 1908

    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
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 49561

  12. 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. Ann Veronica is commonly believed to be inspired by Well's 1908-9 extramarital affair with feminist... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 131700

  13. 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. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 126948

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 137670

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

    London : 1924-7

    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

  18. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. 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
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 128513

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. The Shape of Things to Come.
    WELLS, H. G. The Shape of Things to Come.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of Wells's final dystopian novel. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 136929

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