"You can live in another and a wiser fashion if you choose to think it out and work it out. You are not awake to your own power": First Edition of H.G. Wells' A Short History of the World; Signed by Him
A Short History of the World.
Item Number: 88934
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922.
First edition of Wells’ classic work, which Albert Einstein recommended for the study of history as a means of interpreting progress in civilization. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by H.G. Wells on the half-title page. In near fine condition. With an original pamphlet from the publisher laid in. First editions are uncommon, signed examples exceptionally so.
Of the more than one hundred books that H. G. Wells published in his lifetime, this is one of the most ambitious. Spanning the origins of the Earth to the outcome of World War I, A Short History of the World is an engrossing account of the evolution of life and the development of the human race. Wells brings his monumental learning and penetrating historical insight to bear on the Neolithic era, the rise of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the life of Christ, the rise of Islam, the discovery of America, the Industrial Revolution, and a host of other subjects. Breathtaking in scope, this thought-provoking masterwork remains one of the most readable and rewarding of its kind.