The Island of Doctor Moreau.

“There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven": First Edition of H.G. Wells The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau.

WELLS, H.G.

$3,000.00

Item Number: 106752

London: William Heinemann, 1896.

First edition of “the ultimate science fiction novel and the ultimate horror story” (Gene Wolfe). Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, tissue guard present, spine lettered in black, front panel in red and black with illustration of the island, 32 publisher’s advertisements pages. Anatomy of Wonder. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder, 1-100; Currey, L. W. Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, p. 520. In near fine condition.

“Often regarded as the father of modern science fiction” (Clute & Grant, 1004), Wells wrote The Island of Dr. Moreau when only 30. “A highly significant literary experiment… [that] served to reveal the potential of science fiction to couch serious questions” (Barron, Anatomy of Wonder II-1228). Of this and Wells’ other early “scientific romances,” Jorge Luis Borges once declared, “they will be incorporated, like the fables of Theseus or Ahasuerus, into the general memory of the species and even transcend the fame of their creator.” Basis for several adaptations to film, most notably in 1977 starring Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera and Richard Basehart, directed by Don Taylor. Also the 1996 film directed by John Frankenheimer starring Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis and Fairuza Balk.

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