Rare Early Binding of The Island of Doctor MoreauH. G. Wells. The Island of Doctor Moreau. London: William Heinemann, 1896.
First edition in trial binding. Octavo. 219 pages.
Publisher's pale green cloth. Blind-ruled boards and gilt-stamped titles and decoration on spine. Modestly rubbed extremities. Spine is mildly darkened with a slight lean. Pages are lightly toned with foxing along hinges and a bit more scattered through preliminary pages. Frontispiece with tissue guard. One-page advertisement for The Time Machine at rear with no additional advertisements. A near fine copy of this scarce early state.
"The Island of Doctor Moreau is a parable worthy of comparison with Swift and Voltaire. The satirical intention is not immediately apparent, and many readers have laid the book aside under the impression that they have read a gripping horror story and nothing more. That Wells had a more serious, didactic intent is shown by the fact that he originally proposed as its subtitle A Satire or A Satirical Grotesque."
Currey. Hammond. An H. G. Wells Companion, page 85. Hammond B3. Wells page 7.
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