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The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance (With Bookplate Signed By Wells, And Ownership Bookplate Of John Barrymore)
London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1897. First Edition, First Printing. Red Cloth, Gilt. Good +. Signed by H G Wells. 1st Printing 245 Pp + 2 Page Catalogue At End. Title Page With Title Printed In Red. Signatures Numbered At Foot Of Pages, Thus Correct "2" At Bottom Of First Page. Original Red Cloth, Gilt Titles And Author's Name With Black Illustration On Cover, Gilt Lettering On Spine. Old Elaborate Woodcut Or Linoleum Cut Bookplate 4" X 3 3/8" Stating"John Barrymore / Ex Libris", A Candle Above An Open Book At Center, Trees And Dramatic Masks At Sides, "J.B." Printed Initials In Small Letters At Bottom [Apparently Engraved By Barrymore At A Time When Many Literary Persons Of Means Engraved Their Own Bookplates]. With A Second Bookplate 4" X 2 7/8", Black Border, Photo Of A 40-Ish H G Wells In Oval Below His Name In Full, On Which There Is A Neatly Attached Printed Card With Original Signature Of Wells Below. Worn, With One Tiny Point Of Fraying At Top Rear Spine Corner. Gilt Lettering Fairly Clear And Bright With A Tiny Loss To Part Of Publisher's Name At Base Of Spine, All Letters Present Including "Ltd." At Base Of Spine. Hinges Cracked Completely At Endpapers But Expertly Repaired. There Is A 1 1/2" X 1/2" V-Chip At Foredge Of First Free Endpaper. Very Very Faint Dampstain Along Lower Edges Of Binding, Noticeable Internally On Endpapers And Catalog At End. A Movie Association Copy, As Barrymore Appeared In The Film "The Invisible Woman" In 1941. This Example At One Time From The Sf Collection Of Actor Nicholas Cage, But Not Marked As Such.
      [Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books]
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