THE STOLEN BACILLUS AND OTHER INCIDENTS. London: Methuen & Co., 1895. Octavo, pp. [1-12]  2-275 [276: printer's imprint] [note: first leaf is a blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "September 1895" inserted at rear, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Wells' first published collection of fantasy and SF stories, all written and printed in magazines between 1893 and 1895. Some of the tales "possess, on a smaller scale, something of the imaginative distinction which had marked THE TIME MACHINE." - Bergonzi, The Early H. G. Wells, p. 63. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1674. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2326. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 115. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 62. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-246. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15074. Currey, p. 523. Wells 6. Wells Society 6. Hammond C1. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, two spots on endpaper, inner front hinge just a bit tender, a bright, very good copy. A nice copy of an important collection and one of Wells' scarcest books. (#165191).
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