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    H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells. When the Sleeper Wakes. London and New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1899. First edition. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-328 [329] [330-332: blank] [note final leaf is a blank], three inserted plates with illustrations by H. Lanos, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. Touch of rubbing to cloth along lower extremities, mostly lower front corner tip, spine panel just a bit age-darkened, top edge of text block dusty, some light scattered foxing to endpapers, a tight, clean, very good copy. Overall a nice copy with bright cover stamping.

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    According to Wells, this novel depicts "our contemporary world in a state of highly inflamed distention." "Whatever actual future history may unfold, the shadow of Wells's frightening visions has lain dark over the most influential current science fiction for nearly a century... its disturbing images recur again and again ... WE ... BRAVE NEW WORLD ... NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, and in the whole tide of nightmare fiction that followed Hiroshima." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2459-62. "... a vividly exciting story." - Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, p. 27. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-165; (1981) 1-174; (1987) 1-106; (1995) 1-106; and (2004) II-1235. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2332. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 803. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 25. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 202. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 228. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1176. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 120. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 78. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15114. Currey (2002), p. 426 (binding A). Hammond B6. Wells 15. Wells Society 15.



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