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    H. G. Wells. The Island of Doctor Moreau. London: [1896]. First edition, Lytton Strachey's copy.

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    H. G. Wells. The Island of Doctor Moreau. London: William Heinemann, [1896]. First edition, Lytton Strachey's copy. Octavo. x, 219, [5], [32, publisher's advertisements] pages. Frontispiece. Original tan cloth; spine lettered in black; front stamped in red and black, with illustration of the island; rear stamped in blind with publisher's monogram. Edges rough-trimmed or roughly opened. Backstrip darkened; some edge, hinge wear, scuffing, surface scratches; some soiling to boards, including a few small white specks. Edges of text block toned; top edge dust soiled. Interior slightly yellowed with age, most visible at margins; occasional thumbsoiling, evidence of dog-earing; small chips at head of gutter, leaves A5-6, A8; some soiling to verso of leaf D8. About very good. Currey's issue A2. "Wells emphasizes... that only a fragile shell of civilization restrains humanity from its natural bestiality. This thrust undercuts the long-time romantic idealization of the natural man"--Anatomy of Wonder. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder, 1-100; Currey, L. W. Science fiction and fantasy authors, p. 520.

    With small bookplate of Lytton Strachey, member of the Bloomsbury Group, on front pastedown. Bookplate designed by Dora Carrington, his longtime partner (Bonhams 22714, Lot 184, 6/24/15).

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