• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 195

    WELLS, Herbert George . The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance. London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., 1897.

    Price Realised  

    WELLS, Herbert George . The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance. London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., 1897.

    8o. Initial blank leaf, half-title, integral advertisement leaf at end. (Some minor browning.) Original red cloth stamped in gilt and black, spine gilt-lettered (front hinge cracked, some minor rubbing).

    FIRST EDITION, first printed serially in Pearson's Weekly in June and July 1897. The story, as given in this London edition, ends with the death of Griffin in Chapter XXVIII, but the first American edition included a short epilogue in which Thomas Marvell, who has kept the papers of the dead Griffin, is pictured as the proprietor of an inn called "The Invisible Man." This epilogue was also printed in the cheap edition of 1900. Currey 520; Wells 11.


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