First Edition of H.G.Wellss Mankind in the Making; Inscribed by Him
Mankind in the Making.
Item Number: 4632
London: Chapman & Hall, 1903.
First British edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Miss [Elizabeth] Healy. with kind regards from H.G. Wells.” In very good condition with light wear to the extremities.
Mankind in the Making is Wells's sequel to Anticipations. It analyzes the "process" of "man's making," i.e. "the great complex of circumstances which mould the vague possibilities of the average child into the reality of the citizen of the modern state." Taking an aggressive tone in criticizing many aspects of contemporary institutions, Wells proposed a doctrine he called "New Republicanism," which "tests all things by their effect upon the evolution of man."
Other Books by this Author
London: Macmillan and Co, 1913.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. Inscribed by the author, “H.G. Wells to his cousin Jane Knight.” Currey, 421. Hammond A9. Wells 49. Bookplate of Larry McMurtry on the front pastedown.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. Boldly signed by H.G. Wells on the half-title page. In fine condition. Scarce and desirable signed.
“All men, however highly educated, retain some superstitious inklings": First Edition of H.G. Wells The Invisible Man
London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1897.
First edition, first issue, with the title page printed in orange and black and pages 247 and 248 being publisher’s ads. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with some toning to the spine and wear to the extremities.
First Edition of H.G. Wells' The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents; With A Full Page Letter Signed by Wells
London: Methuen & Co, 1895.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Laid down is a autograph signed letter by Wells to Lord Esther, agreeing to meet him for a discussion of military matters. The letter reads, “Dear Lord Esther, I don’t think I know anything at all of military matters, but since warfare is evidently to be waged in the future by…novel and untried appliances, I suppose an active and well trained imagination is sometimes able to produce suggestions- and my training has I think served to keep my imagination if anything rather too much alive. Of course I shall be only too delighted and flattered to meet you when you return Very Sincerely Yours H.G. Wells Aug. 23, 09.” In near fine condition. Housed in a cloth clamshell box.
London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1900.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, with 2 pages publisher’s advertisements at end. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “W.E. Henley with affectionate regards from H.G. Wells” along with an original drawing of Ugh-lomi and Eudena, the protagonists of A Story of the Stone Age, one of this volume’s five collected short stories. In very good condition with some toning to the spine.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1919.
First edition of Wells’s modern retelling of the story of Job. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by H.G. Wells on the half-title page. In very good condition with light rubbing.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1914.
First edition, second printing, published the same month as the first. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt topstain. Boldly signed by H.G. Wells on the dedication page. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the spine tips. Uncommon signed.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by James Buchanan on the title page, “To Betty, another to add to your list on the shelves. J. Fairfax April 94.” The recipient, Betty H. Tillman, was his assistant for 46 years and was the second person Buchanan phoned on October 16, 1986 (after his wife, Ann) when he learned he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics (see Buchanan, ‘Notes on Nobelity,’ in Better than Plowing: And Other Personal Essays, University of Chicago Press 1992). Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"No one should be entirely judged by their past": Signed Limited Edition of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband
London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899.
First edition, signed limited edition. Octavo, original lavender publisher’s cloth. One of 100 large paper copies signed by Oscar Wilde. In very good condition with some light rubbing and darkening to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Irrational exuberance is the psychological basis of a speculative bubble": Irrational Exuberance; Inscribed by Robert J. Shiller
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2000.
First edition, later printing. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Doug As a loyal Salada customer! Best Wishes Robert J. Shiller.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Hill and Wang, 1965.
First edition of Hughes’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. From the library of Henry Lee Moon with his bookplate on the front free endpaper. Henry Lee Moon was an American journalist, author and civil rights activist. In 1948, Moon began working for the NAACP as their public relations director. Moon held the position until 1974. During his tenure at the NAACP, he promoted voting rights and encouraged the organization to work harder to elect politicians friendly to their cause. While at the NAACP, he also wrote the book Balance of Power and edited a collection of W. E. B. Du Bois’ writings. In 1988, the library at the NAACP’s headquarters in Baltimore was renamed in his memory. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": Finely Bound First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in three-quarters red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with the rampant lion in gilt on the spines, top edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition.
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1968.
First edition. Thin quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a small chip on the front panel, and wear at the spine ends. The artist’s first solely authored and original picture book.