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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE WONDERFUL VISIT.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE WONDERFUL VISIT.

London : J. M. Dent & Co., 1895. First edition. One of Wells' earliest adventures in science fiction - a fallen angel struggling to cope with life in an English village.
Crown 8vo (191 x 124mm). viii,252pp. Bound in a smart recent half red morocco, preserving the original cloth spine and upper cover (the regular variant with, rather than without, the angel in gilt) at rear; top edge gilt; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good and attractive copy. Hammond B2. Locke (Spectrum) I.228.

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : TWELVE STORIES AND A DREAM.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : TWELVE STORIES AND A DREAM.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1903. First edition. A collection of thirteen stories, including "Filmer", "The Magic Shop", "The Valley of Spiders", "The Truth about Pyecraft", "The New Accelerator", "The Stolen Body", etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(378),[vi] + 16pp advertisements dated September 1903. Original green cloth, blocked in blind on upper cover, and lettered in gilt across upper cover and spine; top edge gilt; endpapers lightly browned and spotted; a handful of edge spots, but a very good, bright and sound copy with only the merest hint of rubbing. Hammond C5.

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1904. First edition. Research chemists in Kent create a substance causing colossal growth - of chickens, plants, wasps, rats - and humans. The 1976 film of the same name, based on a portion of the book, won a Golden Turkey award for the Worst Rodent Movie of All Time.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),318,[ii] + 16pp advertisements dated July 1904. Original sage-green cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind on upper cover; top edge gilt; some very minor wear; label neatly removed from upper cover; some spotting of edges and endpapers; a few slight marks; just a touch shaken, but still overall a very good copy.

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : ANN VERONICA : A MODERN LOVE STORY.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : ANN VERONICA : A MODERN LOVE STORY.

London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1909. First edition. A young woman rejects surburban conventions for science, socialism, suffragettes and living in sin - and Wells fictionalises his relationship with his mistress Amber Reeves (1887-1981), who gave birth to his daughter later in 1909. Macmillan flatly declined to publish the book and Canon Lambert railed "I would just as soon send a daughter of mine to a house infected with diphtheria or typhoid fever as put that book into her hands".
Crown 8vo (20cm). 352pp. Original brown cloth, ruled in blind and blocked and lettered in gilt on upper cover, lettered across spine in gilt; very minor wear at head and tail; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight marks, but a very good copy. With the contemporary bookplate of the mathematician Philip Worsley Wood (1880-1959), designed by P. Boddy and dated 1909.

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE BULPINGTON OF BLUP : ADVENTURES, POSES, STRESSES, CONFLICTS AND DISASTER IN A CONTEMPORARY BRAIN.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE BULPINGTON OF BLUP : ADVENTURES, POSES, STRESSES, CONFLICTS AND DISASTER IN A CONTEMPORARY BRAIN.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [1932]. First edition : in the primary binding in black cloth, with the pictorial endpapers. "I am a liar in a world of lies" - a much under-rated late Wells novel - a Jungian exploration of the psychological impact of the Great War, the principal character based at least in part on Ford Madox Ford. Dedicated to Wells' current mistress, Odette Keun.
Post 8vo (21cm). 408 + 40pp advertisements dated January 1933. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good, bright, clean, and sound copy in the original Youngman Carter dust-jacket, lightly sunned at spine but with just minor wear and a few slight nicks and creases

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