Mankind in the Making

WELLS, H.G.

INSCRIBED WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING

WELLS, H.G. Mankind in the Making

Chapman & Hall, 1903.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth titled in gilt. Top edge gilt. Author's presentation copy, inscribed by Wells on the half-title to fellow writer, W.W. Jacobs, "To W.W.Jacobs / This little bale of Serious Reading from H.G.W." An original drawing by Wells shows Jacobs standing below a large bale of cotton suspended by a crane, presumably Well's humorous reference to the weight of reading being dropped upon Jacobs. Line drawings by the author. A very good copy, bright externally, with front hinge splitting with minor fraying to the fore edge of the front endpaper. Early sections have some heavy foxing.

W. W. Jacobs was a contemporary of H.G. Wells' and recipient of many inscribed first editions of Wells' books. His own writings were often droll tales of seamen getting into scrapes, although he is perhaps best known for the supernatural thriller, "The Monkey's Paw".
This volume, described by the publisher as sociological essays, "presents a general theory of social development and of social and political conduct." Essays include topics such as: "The Beginning of the Mind and Language," "Schooling," and "The Cultivation of the Imagination." The serious nature of this work (alluded to in the author's inscription) gave rise to a jokey note from Jacobs later the same year, describing Wells as "Instructor to the British Empire."
A magnificent association copy, made particularly appealing by the comic sketch.

PROVENANCE: From the library of William Wymark Jacobs (1863-1943)

Stock ID: 26705

£4,500.00

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