Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    H. G. Wells Writes an Impatient Letter to the
    Publicity Department of the Publisher of
    The Fate of Homo Sapiens

    H. G. Wells Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages on Wells' stationery note paper, 7 x 11 inches unfolded, Regent's Park, [n.d.] Addressed "Publicity Dept of Secker Warburg. Why is the Fate of Homo Sapiens not in the Scott James [?] list of forthcoming books for July in the New Statesman? - Just my public list [?]. It is your business for the next three weeks to pepper the press, the gossip columns &c &c with the look [?] of the book. Just the title [?]. Get people expecting the book. Go about talking to journalists and paragraph makers. Don't think of anything else but the F of H. S. Yours, H. G. Wells". One of the penciled notes states "because July publicn not certain". This letter presents a side of Wells not generally perceived by the public - of the impatient author brow-beating his publisher. Vertical and horizontal creases, large tears to upper and lower portions of the sheet, just touching the text, penciled commentary in an unknown hand (presumably by someone in the publicity department). A good letter.
    From the Larry McMurtry Collection of H. G. Wells.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    8th-9th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 247

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 October 23 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential &  Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $746,988