London, South Kensington
7 June 2005
WELLS, H. G. (1866-1946). Kipps: the Story of a Simple Soul. London: Macmillan, 1905. 8°. Original green cloth, decorated in blind and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. PRESENTATION COPY, half-title inscribed "To F.M. Hueffer with affection from H.G. Wells".
FIRST EDITION. Wells's unsentimental depiction of the English lower middle classes was warmly praised by both Conrad and James. Film versions of this story of a draper's assistant who inherits a fortune were made in 1920 and 1941. It was adapted for the stage in 1912, and a musical version, Half a Sixpence, was produced in Britain and America during the 1960's. Wells Society 26.
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