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Lot 290: WELLS, H.G. Time Machine.
10 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: WELLS, H.G. The Time Machine. Half-title, verso with list of other publications; title, verso with publisher''s note, dedication leaf, and contents leaf. 12mo, publisher''s printed wrappers, front cover with two faint ringstains and short closed tear, spine tips bumped, light fingersoiling; contents clean. London: William Heinemann, 1895
Notes: first edition in wrappers, issued simultaneously with the first cloth edition. The initial edition comprised 5000 copies in wrappers and 1000 in cloth. "After this cloth copies were done up in hundreds or two hundreds as required, and the remaining 750 quires (sic) in a new style paper binding" (The publisher, quoted in Carter, Binding Variants, p. 161). Currey''s uncommon (D) binding with the above quote suggesting this a remainder binding. An excellent survival. Currey pp. 525.