Tales of Space and Time

WELLS, H.G.

WELLS, H.G. Tales of Space and Time

Harpers, 1900.

First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author with one of his characteristic "picshuas", a caricature portrait on the first blank: "H. Hick from H. G. Wells", with a small sketch of a medicine bottle with label reading "To be taken as required" below. In the publisher's original tan cloth, lettered and decorated in brown and gilt. A very good copy, with a little wear to the spine ends and covers.

A collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories.
Dr Henry Hick came to know Wells through his old school friend George Gissing. When Wells became ill on a cycling holiday in 1898, he recuperated at Hicks's house in New Romney, where he was visited by Edmund Gosse and Henry James. The following year, when Henry James received a copy of Tales of Space and Time he wrote to Wells "you fill me with wonder and admiration... your spirit is huge, your fascination irresistible, your resources infinite". Though dated 1900, the book was actually published in November 1899.

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