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    H. G. Wells. The Invisible Man. London: 1897. First edition. With an original drawing of the Invisible Man by Wells, inscribed to novelist Ralph Straus.

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    H. G. Wells. The Invisible Man. London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1897. First edition. With an original drawing of the Invisible Man by Wells, inscribed to novelist and biographer Ralph Straus.

    With an original ink drawing of the Invisible Man wearing a top hat and holding a drink on the page facing the title-page. Beneath this, Wells has inscribed: "H. G. Wells/To Ralph Straus/1910." Octavo. vii, 245, [1, colophon], [2, ads] pages. Publisher's full red cloth, front cover decoratively stamped in black, front cover and spine lettered in gilt. Spine sunned, binding somewhat bumped and worn, hinges cracked or starting, front free endpaper loose, first blank somewhat loose, text toned and somewhat brittle in places, overopened in a few places, two bookplates on front pastedown (one pasted on top of the other), small number sticker on rear pastedown. Skewed. Good.

    Ralph Straus (1882-1950) was a British novelist and biographer who corresponded with Wells and wrote an article about him (A Select Conversation, Bodleian, January 1911, pp. 164-166). It is possible that Wells made this drawing for Straus during Straus' interview of him for the above article.

    Hammond B4.

    From the John McLaughlin/Book Sail Collection.

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