H. G. Wells. The War in the Air. London: George Bell and Sons, 1908.

    First edition. Octavo. vii, 389 pages, plus two pages of advertisements. Frontispiece, with tissue guard, and sixeen illustrations by A. C. Michael.

    Original blue cloth. Decorative gilt cover. Front hinge cracked, but attached. Two plates detached, but present. An otherwise very good copy.

    "The full title of the book is The War in the Air and Particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While it Lasted. The title is significant, for throughout the story there is a continuous interaction between the two contrasted elements: on the one hand, the account of a world gradually drifting into a catastrophic global war and, on the other, the humorous adventures of a typically Wellsian hero, Bert Smallways" (Hammond). From the Frank Collection.

    Bleiler. Currey. Hammond B11. Wells 35.

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