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    Sale 2462 | Lot 285
    Price Realized: $4,500With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2462 Lot 285

      WELLS, H.G. The Time Machine. Frontispiece illustration and tissue-guard. 1-page advertisement on verso of half-title; 6 pages of additional advertisements at end. 16mo, original tan buckram, stamped and lettered in purple, spine darkened with lettering mostly obscured, corners bumped, extremities rubbed, mottling, heaviest to front cover; top edges gilt, others untrimmed; front hinge cracked but holding. New York: Henry Holt, 1895

      Estimate $1,500 - 2,500

      first edition, first issue of the author's first novel. Precedes the English edition by several months and with textual differences. Currey's first printing and (A) state binding with author's name misprinted "H.S. Wells" on the title-page (and in the "Author's Note" following title). Later issues were bound in red or maroon cloth with Wells' name corrected. "The Time Machine might be considered the first work of modern science-fiction, and it is still the classic statement of an important subgenre. A remarkable work, and necessary reading" (Bleiler, Science-Fiction 2325). Currey, p.524.


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $4,500