• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 78

    WELLS, Herbert George. A Modern Utopia. London: Chapman and Hall, 1905. 8° (189 x 120mm). 7 plates by Edmund J. Sullivan (half-title heavily browned, spotting to title, first few leaves and final quires). Original red cloth, gilt lettered (spine faded, corners slightly bumped). Provenance: William Wymark Jacobs (half-title inscribed "To W.W. Jacobs affectionately from H.G. Wells").

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    WELLS, Herbert George. A Modern Utopia. London: Chapman and Hall, 1905. 8° (189 x 120mm). 7 plates by Edmund J. Sullivan (half-title heavily browned, spotting to title, first few leaves and final quires). Original red cloth, gilt lettered (spine faded, corners slightly bumped). Provenance: William Wymark Jacobs (half-title inscribed "To W.W. Jacobs affectionately from H.G. Wells").

    FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, PRESENTATION COPY TO W.W. JACOBS, of the work which marks Wells's "most considerable contribution to political thought" (ODNB). His Utopia is not a place of settled perfection but an evolving socialist world state, ruled by a voluntary elite called the Samurai. Hammond E5.


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