29 June 2005
WELLS, Herbert George (1866-1946). The Time Machine: An Invention. London: William Heineman, 1895.
8o. Half-title; 16-pages of publisher's advertisements at the end. Original tan cloth with winged Sphinx and lettering stamped in purple on upper cover, uncut (spine lightly age-toned, minor soiling, rear hinge tightened); quarter morocco folding case.
FIRST (ENGLISH) EDITION. INSCRIBED BY WELLS on the half-title: "Written in 1893. 1894 H.G. Wells." With the earliest ads at end, with the first page advertising The Manxman by Hall Caine. Bleiler (1978), p. 205; Currey, pp. 524-25; Wells Society 4 ("The earliest known work of science fiction to be based on the idea of time travel").
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