London, South Kensington
23 November 2009
WELLS, Herbert George. Mankind in the Making. London: Chapman and Hall, 1903. 8° (188 x 125mm). 2 text illustrations (spotting to half-title, title and preliminaries, heavier spotting to quire B, occasional spotting elsewhere). Contemporary blue cloth, gilt lettered, top edge gilt (spine a little frayed at head and foot, corner tips rubbed, endpapers browned, front free endpaper detaching). Provenance: William Wymark Jacobs (half-title inscribed "To W.W. Jacobs. This last tale of Serious Reading From H.G.W." and with pen-and-ink drawing showing detail of two men on a sailing ship, one figure labelled "WWJ" with large bail suspended by a crane over his head, the other looking on anxiously).
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, PRESENTATION COPY TO W.W. JACOBS. Wells wanted this work to be read in conjunction with Anticipations and The Discovery of the Future. Once again, the inference of his comic drawing seems to be that Jacobs is unaware of the threats hanging over him and should be taking a deeper interest in the issues explored inside Wells's book. Hammond E4.
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