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WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES .
London and New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1899 - Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-328 [329] [330-332: blank] [note final leaf is a blank], three inserted plates with illustrations by H. Lanos, original red cloth, front and spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Wells on half title leaf: "W. Pett Ridge / (Scoundrel) / From H. G. Wells." William Pett Ridge (1860- 1930) was a journalist and minor novelist, part of the PALL MALL GAZETTE crowd, and one of the principal authors in the cockney school of fiction. According to Wells, this novel depicts "our contemporary world in a state of highly inflamed distention." "Whatever actual future history may unfold, the shadow of Wells's frightening visions has lain dark over the most influential current science fiction for nearly a century . its disturbing images recur again and again . WE . BRAVE NEW WORLD . NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, and in the whole tide of nightmare fiction that followed Hiroshima." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2459- 62. ". a vividly exciting story." - Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, p. 27. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-165; (1981) 1-174; (1987) 1- 106; (1995) 1-106; and (2004) II-1235. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2332. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 803. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 25. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 202. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 228. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1176. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516- 1985, p. 120. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 78. Bleiler (1978), p. 205. Reginald 15114. Currey (2002), p. 426 (binding A). Hammond B6. Wells 15. Wells Society 15. Touch of wear to cloth at spine ends, spine panel a trifle age-darkened, hairline cracks along inner front hinge (which is still firm), some light foxing to endpapers, vertical crease to leaf U4 (apparently a paper flaw, not abuse), still a very good, attractive copy. For some reason, this novel is less often found signed or inscribed by Wells than his other pre-1900 scientific romances. A nice association. (#101365) [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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