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Certain Personal Matters. A Collection of Material, Mainly Autobiographical.
London Lawrence & Bullen Ltd, 1898. First edition, signed presentation copy from the author; 8vo; device to title, 32pp. advertisements dated Austemn Season 1897, browning to free endpapers, occasional minor spotting; original blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt, edges untrimmed, spine slightly dulled, some minor marking and rubbing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, 'H. Hick (Bless his heart) from H. G. Wells'. The recipient, Henry Hick, was the doctor under whose care - indeed at whose house - Wells found himself during the early part of 1898, precisely at the time the present book was published. It was during his difficult convalescence in Hick's house that Wells composed for his doctor's young daughter The Adventures of Tommy, a handwritten and self illustrated manuscript storybook. Certain Personal Matters was published in 1898, the year in which H.G. Wells, seriously ill with a recurrence of his kidney infection, stayed with Dr. Henry Hick during his recuperation. Hick helped him recover, subsequently becoming his personal physician during his years spent in Kent, the closeness of the relationship reflected in Wells acting as godfather to Hick's daughter Marjory (for whom he wrote his only children's book The Adventures of Tommy). In "How I Died", the final essay in the collection, Wells reflects on his shifting attitude towards death since his first serious illness in 1887. He noted that 'The medical profession, which had pronounced my death sentence, reiterated it steadily - has, indeed, done so now this ten y … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books [London, United Kingdom]
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