London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
WELLS, H.G. (1866-1946). The Time Machine. An Invention. Popular Edition. London: William Heinemann, 1905. 8° (172 x 155mm). Original printed wrappers (lacking back cover, front cover detached, spine chipped and worn); buckram case. Provenance: 'C.B.' (inscription from the author, dated 1908) -- Boston University (booklabel; deaccession letter provided).
WITH A FINE, HUMOROUS DRAWING BY THE AUTHOR: Time in a dance with two figures holding his attributes, the hourglass and a scythe, and saying: 'Me hurt you! Why I only make things better for you every year!' 'The earliest known work of science fiction to be based on the idea of time travel' (Wells 4, for the first edition).
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