Tales of Space and Time.London & New York, Harpers & Brothers Publishers, 1900 Stock Code: 115293
NotesFirst 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 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 year, when Henry James received a copy of Tales of Space and Time he wrote to Wells "you fill me with wonder and admiration... your spirit is huge, your fascination irresistible, your resources infinite". Though dated 1900, the book was actually published in November 1899.
Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in brown, front cover lettered in gilt and blocked in brown. Housed in a brown cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Spine gently rolled and darkened, very minor wear to tips, a little faint soiling to covers, occasional spot of foxing to contents. An excellent copy.
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