THE INVISIBLE MAN: A GROTESQUE ROMANCE. London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1897. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii  2-245 [246: printer's imprint] [247-248: ads] [note: first leaf is a blank preceding half title leaf], title page printed in orange and black, original pictorial red cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. "Amoral scientist discovers invisibility, but even this fails in the face of invincible obtuseness and cruelty of petty bourgeois England. Brilliant idea, memorable scenes, and vigorous chase-plot in an ambiguous (and scientifically impossible) tale." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 70. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-163 and (2004) II-1227. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2330. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 797. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1057-61. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15039. Currey, p. 520. Hammond B4. Wells 11. Wells Society 11. Early owner's signature dated October 1897 on front free endpaper. Binding slightly leaned, spine panel lightly sunned, endpapers tanned, just a touch of rubbing to cloth, a very good plus copy with bright cover stamping and sound inner hinges. (#114669).
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