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    H. G. Wells. Mr. Britling Sees It Through. London: [1917]. Later printing. Inscribed by Wells and his family to their children's governess, Mathilde Meyer.

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    H. G. Wells. Mr. Britling Sees It Through. London: Cassell, [1917]. Later printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by H. G. Wells and his family to their children's governess, Mathilde Meyer.

    Inscribed on the half-title: "To Mathilde Meyer./by/H. G. Wells[slash mark". Beneath the slash mark is also inscribed: "also/with love from/G. P. Wells/&/F. R. Wells/Catherine Wells". Affixed just beneath the printed title on the same page is a short note by Catherine Wells (H. G. Wells' wife): "We're so pleased to sign it that we've all signed it! Yes, do try to spend a few days with us in the Xmas holidays. That would be ever so nice. Affectionately Yours, Catherine Wells". Also on this leaf and the verso, are pencil notes presumably in Meyer's hand about the Wells' birthdays, and H. G. Wells (and Prof. Einstein) receiving honorary degrees from London University. On the recto of the final blank are neat ink notes entitled: "Who are the real people & places in 'Mr. Britling Sees It Through?'", again presumably in Meyer's hand. Octavo. [2, blank], [vi], 433, [1, colophon], [2, blank] pages. Publisher's full green cloth, boards ruled and paneled in blind, spine ruled and tooled in blind and lettered in gilt, dust jacket. Some rubbing and creasing to jacket, as well as a few short tears, light wear to binding, gutter facing half-title overopened (possibly when inscribed by the Wells family), contemporary newspaper clippings affixed to the front endleaves, and a publisher's blurb for the book affixed to the rear jacket flap. Overall, very good.

    A fascinating and endearing look at Wells and his family, through the eyes of their governess.

    Hammond A13 (discussing the first edition).

    From the John McLaughlin/Book Sail Collection.



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