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    H. G. Wells. The Outline of History - Complete 24 Issues of the Original Magazine Series. The Outline of History, Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by H. G. Wells, with the advice and editorial help of Mr. Ernest Barker, Sir H. H. Johnston, Sir E. Ray Lankester, and Professor Gilbert Murray. London: George Newnes Limited, [1919-1920].

    First edition, in magazine format. 24 quarto issues (complete series). 780 continuous pages, including index in volume 24. Forty-seven color and miscellaneous black and white illustrations throughout.

    Original wrappers with full color covers. Some issues are lightly worn, and some covers are splitting, but, generally, this collection is in very good condition. Housed in a handsome gilt-stamped custom leather and cloth drop-back box.

    This first printing of the classic original magazine series was published fortnightly, from November 1919 to November 1920. Dissatisfied with contemporary history textbooks, Wells wrote his own outline in an attempt to rectify the problem and to educate and illuminate his audience on the progress of mankind and civilization. The serial was an immediate success and led to the publication of the work in book form in 1920. That two-volume edition became a massive bestseller and sold over a million copies in its first year.

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