Inscribed first English edition of one of the most provocative and influential works in the history of science fiction.
THE TIME MACHINE
"When Wells in his lamp-lit room imagined a time machine, he also invented a new mode of thought" – James Gleick
"THE TIME MACHINE sums up Wells's view of the cosmos, " says Wells biographer Michael Sherborne. In his first science fiction novel, Wells explores one of the same principles of mathematics that would become central to 20th-century physics: time as the fourth dimension. The inventor of his time machine, called only "The Time Traveller, " applies a new way of thinking about the Victorian fascination with unseen worlds. The Traveller's adventures in a distant future speak to social concerns of Wells and his contemporaries; another jump into an even more distant future makes the novel an important entry in the "Dying Earth" subgenre.<br /><br />While the American edition was published a few months prior to the first English in order to secure copyright, the text of the two editions differs significantly; this Heinemann edition is considered the authoritative text. Both versions were adapted from a shorter serial work called "The Time Traveller's Story."<br /><br />An extraordinary copy: often called one of the first modern works of science fiction, inscribed by a giant in the genre.
Read more: Sherborne, H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life; Gleick, Time Travel: A History; Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography.
London: William Heinemann, 1895. Full title: The Time Machine: An Invention. Octavo. 7'' x 4.5''. Original full grey cloth, front board and spine lettered in purple, Sphinx vignette on front board and publisher's device on rear board also in purple, top edge and fore edge uncut. 16 pages of ads at rear, beginning with "The Manxman." , 152,  pages. Inscribed by Wells "With the Author's Kindest Regards" in ink on front free endpaper. Brown leather gilt bookplate of John Stuart Groves on front pastedown. Housed in a custom grey quarter leather slipcase and chemise. Offsetting from bookplate. Light soiling to cloth, spine uniformly toned: much nicer than usually found.
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