WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES. London and New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1899. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-328  [330-332: blank] [note final leaf is a blank], three inserted plates with illustrations by H. Lanos, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. According to Wells, this novel depicts "our contemporary world in a state of highly inflamed distention." "Whatever actual future history may unfold, the shadow of Wells's frightening visions has lain dark over the most influential current science fiction for nearly a century ... its disturbing images recur again and again ... WE ... BRAVE NEW WORLD ... NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, and in the whole tide of nightmare fiction that followed Hiroshima." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2459-62. "... a vividly exciting story." - Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, p. 27. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-165; (1981) 1-174; (1987) 1-106; (1995) 1-106; and (2004) II-1235. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2332. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 803. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 25. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 202. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 228. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1176. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 120. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 78. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15114. Currey (2002), p. 426 (binding A). Hammond B6. Wells 15. Wells Society 15. "London / Oct. 7th 1899" written in pencil on the front free endpaper. Slight spine lean, mild rubbing to cloth along bottom edge and two light rub marks on spine panel, a nearly fine, bright copy. An uncommon book in this condition. (#140011).
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