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The Wonderful Visit [the dedication copy inscribed by H G Wells to Alice Low - later Herbert]
viii, pp 252 The dedication copy of Wells' 1895 fantasy, inscribed to the widow of the writer Walter Humboldt Low to whom the book was posthumously dedicated. Low who had helped Wells get started in journalism (see An Experiment in Autobiography) died of pneumonia shortly before the book's publication, prompting the printed dedication: 'To the Memory of my Dear Friend Walter Low'. Wells has inscribed the book to the grieving widow on the half title in the most self-effacing way: 'With the Author's Kindest regards', underlining his inscription. Alice who was remarried to John Alexander Herbert (Deputy Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum) only a year later subsequently went to some lengths to maintain her ownership of this treasured memento of her first marriage, writing on the first blank 'Alice Herbert (private library) (not to be lent)' with her bookplate as Alice Herbert opposite showing a woman in a boat looking over her shoulder towards a menorah - the family was Anglo-Jewish. The book is in good condition only, bound in the publisher's red cloth with a gilt angel to the upper cover, bevelled edges to the boards and top edge gilt. The cloth is marked and worn though the binding is perfectly sound. Internally some foxing and occasional fingermarks from regular reading. Alice Herbert went on to publish poetry and several novels; her marriage to Walter Low produced one daughter, Ivy Low Litvinov, who married a Russian revolutionary exile in London in 1916, who rose to become Soviet Foreign Minister and Ambassador to Washington. The Wonderful Visit was inspired by a comment from John Ruskin that an angel finding itself in Britain would be shot on sight. The novel won significant praise from reviewers and Joseph Conrad who wrote to Wells to praise his 'imagination so unbounded and so brilliant'.
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