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WELLS, H. G.

The Invisible Man....

A Grotesque Romance.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Pearson, 1897

Stock Code: 115742

£18,000
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

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 published works by Kipling, Hardy, Yeats, and Barrie among others, and early in his career he collaborated with his friend Robert Louis Stevenson on four plays. Henley encouraged Wells to develop a series of time travelling stories into what would later become The Time Machine. Henley serialised the work and secured a generous publication agreement with Heinemann. "In making friends with Henley he had made the contact that was to launch his career" (MacKenzie, H.G. Wells, p. 105). With the relevant issue points: page 1 incorrectly numbered 2, and two pages of advertisements at rear. Provenance: W. E. Henley (presentation inscription from Wells); Sotheran's (bookseller's ticket); Eugene Plunkett (bookplate and pencilled inventory number on front pastedown).

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, front cover stamped in gilt and black.

Condition

Slight lean, spine faded and stained with wear to ends, hinges starting, endpapers and contents browned.

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