Item #CNSX02 The Time Machine; An Invention. H. Wells, G.
The Time Machine; An Invention
The Time Machine; An Invention
The Time Machine; An Invention
The Time Machine; An Invention

The Time Machine; An Invention

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing in book form, sixmo size, 232 pp., with a card signed by H.G. Wells. Good +. Item #CNSX02

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer best known for his work in the science fiction genre, with novels such as "The Time Machine" and "The War of the Worlds"; he is considered one of the fathers of science fiction along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, and his works were prescient of the invention of aircrafts, nuclear weapons, and space / time travel.

Of seemingly perennial interest, "The Time Machine" has been adapted to radio, audio, and film as recently as 2002 (starring Guy Pearce as the "Time Traveller"). The novel has been a springboard for academic study and has been interpreted smybolically as well as providing readers with a science fiction story that strays into the realms of eschatology and the "Dying Earth" subgenre (n.b., information from Wiki).

This the first edition in book form, the first impression, with the author's name mis-spelled on the title page and six pp. of ads at the rear. Previous to this book publication, William J. Heinemann (London) had published a version serially in "The New Review" from January through May of 1895. The Holt (U.S.) book edition was published on May 7, 1895; Heinemann followed with its British book edition published on May 29, 1895.

Housed in a custom clamshell box, mounted onto the inside of the box is a small card inscribed by Wells, "Yours very sincerely / H.G. Wells".

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full natural linen cloth over boards, title and publisher's device in red on front, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, publisher's ad for the "Buckram Series" on verso of half-title, tissue-guarded frontispiece a half-tone reproduction of an illustration based on the text on p. 50 (this being the sole illustration in the volume), author's name mis-spelled as "H.S. Wells" on the title page, each chapter opens with a three-line initial capital; sixmo size (6 1/4" by 3 7/8"), pagination: [i-iv] v-vii [1, blank] [1] 2-216 [2, blanks] [6 pp. publisher's ads]. Housed in a custom clamshell box covered with maroon cloth and lined with tan laid paper, leather spine label with gilt lettering; mounted onto the inside of the front cover of the box is the card with Wells' signature in sepia ink, the card measuring approx. 3" by 1 1/4".

___CONDITION: A very good plus text block in a good only binding; we had a professional (name available upon request) re-sew the binding and restore the hinges, the binding structure is now strong and solid, the interior clean (other than the occasional light mark or two), and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings; the binding has overall soiling, the corners somewhat bumped (particularly the top front corner), in collating we note one leaf had been dog-eared in the past (pp. 63-64) and one leaf has a closed tear extending into the text for about an inch (pp. 111-112). Internally in better than very good condition in a somewhat worn, but study original binding, with the card bearing H.G. Wells' inscription.

___CITATIONS: Clute and Nichols, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p. 1313; Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, p. 524.

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Price: $6,000.00

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