The Wheels of Chance by H. G. Wells
The Wheels of Chance with original red buckram cloth hard boards with rubbed gold gilt motif of bicycle on the front cover. Significant discolouring of the boards. Wear and loss of the cloth on the corners and spine ends. Tears on the cloth of the spine folds. Top edge is grubby gilt. Library stickers on the front free page. Pencil 3/6 written on front free page. Binding split in several places, particularly on p 160 and hinges in fragile condition. Forty illustrations throughout the text. Pages browned and marked in places. 8vo. 313 pp plus 10 pages of book reviews at the end. A former library copy.
The novel was written at the height of the cycling craze (1890–1905), when practical, comfortable bicycles first became widely and cheaply available and before the rise of the automobile. H. G Wells used real places in plotting the novel and the entire route can be followed along the south coast of the UK.
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