“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

  • The Passionate Friends.

The Passionate Friends.

$2,000.00

Item Number: 55011

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.

"Notable for its discussion of the ideas which Wells later elaborated in The World of William Clissold and The Open Conspiracy. The phrase, "the open conspiracy," first occurs in The Passionate Friends (page 270)" (Hammond A9). Two films have been made from the novel, one in 1923 and another in 1949, directed by David Lean.

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