Provenance: Buchanan's Central Library (library label on front pastedown). FIRST EDITION. Bromley Coll. 504; Chappell 4; H. G. Wells Society 4: "The earliest known work of science fiction to be based on the idea of time travel."" /> WELLS, H. G. (1866-1946). <I>The Time Machine. An Invention.</I> London: William Heinemann, 1895. Small 8° (178 x 116mm). Half title with publisher's advertisement for "The Pioneer Series" on verso, without the advertisements at the end (some mainly light and marginal staining). Original tan cloth with winged Sphinx and lettering stamped in purple on upper cover, author's monogram stamped in purple on lower cover, spine lettered in purple (light stains to upper cover, spine a little faded). <I>Provenance</I>: Buchanan's Central Library (library label on front pastedown). FIRST EDITION. Bromley Coll. 504; Chappell 4; H. G. Wells Society 4: "The earliest known work of science fiction to be based on the idea of time travel." | Christie's