“And in friendship and still more here, in this central business of love, accident rules it seems to me almost altogether”: First Edition of The Passionate Friends; Inscribed by H.G. Wells to His Cousin
London: Macmillan and Co, 1913.
First edition of this novel, which was the first introduction of Wells’s notion of an “open conspiracy” of individuals to achieve a world state through an “open conspiracy against potentates and prejudices and all the separating powers of darkness.” Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his cousin, “H.G. Wells to his cousin Jane Knight.” Bookplate of Larry McMurtry on the front pastedown. In near fine condition with light offsetting to the endpapers. A nice association and with noted provenance.
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