The Story of a Simple Soul.London: Macmillan and Co., 1905 Stock Code: 28390
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 that included Conrad, James and Galsworthy, a group among whom a kind of grudging respect and qualified friendship developed. Hueffer would later publish several of Wells's pieces in The English Review, the editorship of which he undertook in 1908. Unusually for friendships involving Wells, there seems never to have been a great falling out and some genuine esteem appears to have existed between the two. This copy has the advertisments in the secondary state, dated 10.10.05.
Octavo. Original green cloth, decoration to front board in blind, titles to front board and spine gilt, top edge gilt. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Extremities gently rubbed, light foxing to endpapers, text block strained in a couple of places but holding. A very good copy.
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