Wells, H[erbert] G[eorge].
WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES. Inscribed to His Father.London: Harper & Brothers, 1899.
First Edition. First Edition. Important Family Presentation Copy, inscribed on the second free endpaper to his father: "For / Joseph Wells / From his / affectionate son / H.G. Wells". A fine copy showing light use, minimal spotting to contents - very nice indeed. Publisher's original red cloth, gilt lettered at the spine. 8vo., pp. [1-8]  2-328  [330-332: blank] [note final leaf is a blank], three inserted plates on glossy stock with illustrations by H. Lanos. One of Well's major "scientific romances", rarely found inscribed. The most significant example as there is no formal printed dedication, this presentation might very well be it. [Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2459- 62. ".a vividly exciting story." - Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, p. 27. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-165; (1981) 1-174; and (1987) 1- 106. Bleiler, Science- Fiction: The Early Years 2332. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s- 1930s 803. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 25. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 202. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 228. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1176. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 120. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 78. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 151 14. Currey (2002), p. 426 (binding A). Hammond B6. Wells 15. Wells Society 15]. Custom half red leather clamshell protective presentation case.
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