The First Men in the Moon – 1st edition, 1st issue:
Original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold gilt. Bumped corners and spine ends with two tiny tears. Spine darkening and light marks on the covers. Intact black coated endpapers with library stamp on front paste down, indicating the rare first issue. Eleven black and white full page illustrations though out the text. Internally very clean with no foxing and bindings good although illustration between pages 176 and 177 is loose. 8vo 342 printed pages.
The last, and one of the most difficult to find, of Wells’s science fiction titles to be found in a collectible condition. This novel was inspired by Jules Verne’s, ‘Journey to the Moon.’ Unlike Verne, Wells had all scientific aspects of his lunar voyage verified for plausibility by experts at the time. The First Men in the Moon contains much of Wells’s humour. In 1919, the book was turned into the first of the films to be based on Wells’s work. “These early ‘scientific romances’ remain unsurpassed for their imagination and visionary power. Where Wells’s contemporaries saw him as adding the scientific imagination to nineteenth-century romance, the twentieth century regarded him as the greatest of the forerunners of modern science fiction. His tales of future evolution, alien intelligence, interplanetary warfare and technological dystopia anticipated most of science fiction’s thematic repertoire.” (Literary Encyclopedia). Rare to find in such good condition.