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    First Edition of One of Wells' Most Famous Novels and A Science Fiction Masterpiece
    Wonderfully Inscribed by Wells on a Tipped In Slip

    H.G. Wells. The Time Machine. An Invention. London: William Heinemann, 1895.

    First edition, first issue (binding lettered in purple, and with catalog (later state) at the end). Inscribed by H.G. Wells on a slip tipped in to the front endpaper: "The / Time Machine / For Arthur Exley / This first edition of a book / that among other things launched / Dreams upon the slippery slope / of the Fourth Dimension / H.G. Wells / Oct 16, 1941." Small octavo. [viii], [152], [32, original publisher┬╣s catalog] pages.

    Publisher's original whitish-grey cloth, front cover and spine lettered in purple, with sphinx stamped in purple on front and publisher's device stamped in purple on rear cover. Some browning and soiling to cloth, spine slightly darkened. Long tear to the front free endpaper, repaired on the verso with archival tape. Remnants of tape on the front of the endpaper where the slip is mounted. Foxing to endpapers. Overall, still a very good copy with a terrific inscription tipped in. Now housed in brown cloth clamshell case.

    According to Currey, this book was issued in 1,000 cloth-bound copies and 5,000 wrapper copies.

    Hammond B1.

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