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    First American Edition of In the Days of the Comet

    H. G. Wells. In the Days of the Comet. New York: The Century Co., 1906.

    First American edition, with cancel title ("Published, October 1906"). Octavo (7.5 x 5.0625 inches; 190 x 129 mm.). viii, 378 pages. Printer's imprint on verso of title-page: "The De Vinne Press."

    Original dark blue cloth by Decorative Designers with front cover lettered in light blue and pictorially stamped in light blue, gray, and black, and spine lettered in light blue. Minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities, free endpapers very slightly browned from turn-in glue, edges lightly foxed. Faint dampstain to the lower corner, visible on both covers and throughout the text. Occasional minor marginal soiling. Previous owner's ink stamp on front free endpaper. In the very scarce original tan dust jacket printed in dark blue. The jacket, which is totally unrestored, is slightly browned and lightly foxed, with a small faint red stain at the lower corner of the rear panel and a few small holes and short tears, with a small piece missing at the top of the front panel, none affecting any text. Housed in a custom quarter dark blue morocco book-backed clamshell case with spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt. A very good copy.

    From the jacket's front panel: "This is imaginative work of a very high order, yet its chief charm is in its human interest and in the love story. A young middle-class Englishman is in love with a girl who elopes with another man just at the time that a great comet swiftly approaches the earth and lights the sky at night like a noonday sun. The populace fill the streets in silent awe. At the moment that the comet with a blinding glare grazes the earth, all living things are suddenly asphyxiated, and when the world wakes it is a new world with a new atmosphere. The warring of the classes has ceased; the 'Brotherhood of Man' has dawned. In the Days of the Comet is considered the best work of the popular author of The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, When the Sleeper Wakes, etc. It is full of romantic color and beautiful [sic]."

    First printed in The Daily Chronicle in 1905-6.

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