“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life": First Edition of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine
London: William Heinemann, 1895.
First English edition, first issue of Wells’ groundbreaking “scientific romance”- a work generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposely and selectively forwards or backwards in time. Octavo, original cloth, front panel and spine stamped in purple with sphinx vignette. In near fine condition, bookplate. First issue with first priority sixteen-page publisher’s catalogue at end. Cover artist by Ben Hardy. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
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