WELLS, H. G.

First & Last Things.

A Confession of Faith and Rule of Life.

London: Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd, 1908 Stock Code: 109521
£1,500.00
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Inscribed by the author to Henry Newbolt

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 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" (Chitty, p. 137). With some annotations to the rear free endpaper, possibly in Wells's hand, noting topics of interest and corresponding page numbers. From the library of Henry Newbolt, with his bookplate to the front pastedown.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, titles to spine gilt and to front board in black.

Condition

Tips very slightly worn, some loss of size to covers, erased inscription to front free endpaper, some light foxing to endleaves and edges of text block; an excellent copy.

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