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Certain Personal Matters [Inscribed to the Author's Father]
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1898 [but 1897]. First Edition. Hardcover. Significant inscription, not only in terms of the recipient, but in content. Wells was a failure in a variety of apprenticeships as a young man before finally finding success as a writer. Not only this, Wells, like his mother, had a contentious relationship with his father. The book itself is comprised of essays, many of which first appeared in periodicals such as Pall Mall, New Budget, and the Saturday Review. First printing, preceding the colonial edition published just after by Heinemann, publisher's catalog in rear dated 1897 as called for. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's blue gilt-embossed cloth; viii,278,[2],32pp. Spine a shade faded and slightly cocked, minor bumping to corners, else a Very Good or better copy. Inscribed and signed on half title: "Joseph Wells / from his unworthy son."
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