IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET. Wells.

IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1906. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-viii [1-2] 3-305 [306: printer's imprint] [307-312: ads] + 8-page publisher's catalogue dated "20.8.06" inserted at rear, original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, t.e.g. First edition. Second issue (printing?), variant with integral title leaf with Clowes imprint on verso; inserted ads dated "20.8.06." Probably the earliest published issue; copies with ads dated "C.5.5.'06" appear to be advance copies bound from proof sheets (copy at British Library received two months prior to publication). "... the last and the least successful of Wells's scientific romances, is interesting not only because it shows another step in the evolution of his ideas of progress, but also because it shows how essential his own psychological conflict is to the structure of the more successful romances." - Williamson, H. G. Wells: Critic of Progress, p. 43. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-169. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2338. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 33. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 144. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 206. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 138. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15034. Currey, p. 519 (issue B, variant 1). Hammond B10. Wells 27. Wells Society 27. Spine ends and corner tips lightly worn, spine lettering dull, a sound, good copy. (#163070).

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