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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.

£75

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY.

London : Thomas Nelson & Sons, (1910). First edition : the first issue with the advertisement for John Masefield’s “Trepanned” – a quirky title subsequently discarded before publication. “What could be more human or more humorous than Mr Polly as haberdasher’s apprentice, haberdasher incendiary, and tramp” (Montrose Standard, 13th May 1910) – “He hated Foxbourne, he hated Foxbourne High Street, he hated his shop and his wife and his neighbours – every blessed neighbour – and with indescribable bitterness he hated himself”. High comedy in the drapery trade – Wells wouldn’t quite concede that this was his best book, but “certainly it is his happiest book, and the one he cares for the most”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 374,[x]pp. Colour frontispiece. Original cloth; light spotting of edges, but a very good copy with the notoriously frail white enamel title-panel barely showing signs of wear at all; an excellent copy of this fragile and difficult book. Hammond A6.

£200

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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.

£100

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