One of history’s most prominent English science-fiction writers, Herbert George "H. G." Wells was revered for his work on various contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary. He has also written or contributed to a number of textbooks on rules for war games. Known as "The Father of Science Fiction", his most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau. His literary works were so prominent that motion picture themes were adopted from the concepts of his novels.
John Larson of FineBooks & Magazinessummarizes Wells record setting Swann Galleries’ June 20 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature. A first English edition of H.G. Wells The First Men in the Moon, in a very scarce original dust jacket was sold for $26,400. Abebooks.com also hosted a number of copies of The First Men in the Moon, one being for a first English edition, first binding,and rare dust jacket. for $75,000.
A rare copy of When The Sleeper Wakes, inscribed to Wells’ fatherhas an selling price of $65,000 on Abebooks.com. This first edition, inscribed by Wells to his father "For Joseph Wells from his affectionate son H.G. Wells." Other copies of this tale have seen the market values from $5,000 to $40,000 over the years.
Wells, H.G. The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents. Methuen , London (1895). Includes 'The Flying Man', 'The Flowering of the Strange Orchid', The remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes', and 'The Lord of the Dynamos'
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine: An Invention. Heinemann, London (1895). First issue with the inserted publishers catalogue advertising The Manxman on the first page and The Naulahka on the last page at rear
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine: An Invention. Henry Holt , New York (1895). First edition, first printing with author's name incorrectly printed as H. S. WELLS on recto of title leaf;
Wells, H.G. The Wonderful Visit. J M Dent, London (1895). first issue, gilt angel and title to front board, angel designed by by Robert Anning Bell
Wells, H.G. The Island of Doctor Moreau. William Heinemann, London (1896). First edition. First binding with publisher's monogram in blind on rear cover.
Wells, H.G. The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance. C Arthur Pearson, London (1897). First Issue adverts, with page 1 incorrectly numbered as 2, rubric lettered title-page
Wells, H.G. Thirty Strange Stories. Edward Arnold, New York (1897). First edition. Collects thirty stories;
Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds. William Heinemann, UK (1898). 16 page publisher's advertisements (Autumn announcements mdcccxcvii)
Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds. Harper and Brothers, NY (1898). First American edition
Wells, H.G. Tales of Space and Time. Doubleday McClure, New York (1899). First Issue,with first two lines top p. 109 repeating final two lines p. 108, and final two lines p. 112 lacking; collection of five science fiction tales: The Crystal Egg, The Star, A Story of the Stone Age, A Story of the Days to Come and The Man Who Could Work Miracles.
Wells, H.G. When the Sleeper Wakes - A Story of the Years to Come. Harper and Brothers. NY and London (1899). First Edition Includes Fifteen inserted plates with illustrations by H. Lanos
Wells, H.G. Tales of Space and Time. Harper and Brothers, London (1900). First appearance of five fantasies: The Crystal Egg and The Star, two minor SF classics, A Story of the Stone Age, A Story of the Days to Come, and The Man Who Could Work Miracles. Angenot and Khouri, An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction,;
Wells, H.G. The First Men in the Moon. George Newnes, London (1901). twelve inserted plates with illustrations by Claude Shepperson;
Wells, H.G. The Sea Lady: A Tissue of Moonshine. Methuen , London (1902). thirty-one pages of advertisements at end
Wells, H.G. Twelve Stories and a Dream. Macmillan , London (1903). A collection of thirteen science fiction and fantasy stories including Filmer, one of Wells's finest stories, The Valley of the Spiders, The Inexperienced Ghost, The New Accelerator, The Stolen Body, and A Dream of Armageddon.
Wells, H.G. The Future in America. Harper and Brothers, NY (1906). Three issues (7/28, 8/4, and 8/18) do not have the mailing wrappers; The issue for 9/8 is missing the rear mailing wrapper, but includes the U.S. Navy supplement; The issue for 8/11 has the mailing wrappers separated at the spine
Wells, H.G. The War in the Air And Particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared while it Lasted. George Bell and Sons, London (1908). With 16 monochrome illustrations by A. C. Michael
Wells, H.G. Tono-Bungay. MacMillan ,, London (1909). First Issue, with the advertisements dated 1.09 inserted at the end of the book
Wells, H.G. The Country of the Blind and Other Stories. Thomas Nelson, London (1911). inserted frontispiece with color illustration by Dudley Tennant; collection of thirty-three tales of science fiction, fantasy and the supernatural
Wells, H.G. The Door in the Wall and Other Stories. Mitchell Kennerley, New York (1911). 600 copies; Illustrated with one photogravure by Alvin Langdon Coburn; Printed on French hand-made paper with rough edges, with types and decorations designed by Frederick W. Goudy;
Wells, H.G. The Passionate Friends. MacMillan, London (1913). first issue with all the correct points;
Wells, H.G. An Englishman Looks at the World. London: Cassell , (1914). An Englishman Looks at the World is a collection of essays Wells wrote from 1909-1914; It includes The Philosopher's Public Library, The Common Sense of Warfare, The So-Called Science of Sociology, The Endowment of Motherhood, The Disease of Parliaments, The Possible Collapse of Civilisation, and The Human Adventure. ; publisher's imprint at base of spine (first issue);
Wells, H.G. Boon, the Mind of the Race, the Wild Asses of the Devil and the Last Trump. T. Fisher Unwin, London (1915). 26 sketches in the text by H. G.; first issue cloth of Wells's caustic satire aimed at those who engage in literary pomposity and pretentious high-mindedness (Faber), including his infamous caricature of Henry James
Wells, H.G. What Is Coming? A Forecast of Things after the War. Cassell , , London (1916). Twelve articles, eleven of which were first published between January and June 1916 in CASSELL'S MAGAZINE, THE DAILY CHRONICLE or THE DAILY NEWS, concerning the social and political future of nations of the world after the cessation of the Great War
Wells, H.G. The Outline Of History Being A Plain History of Life and Mankind (2 Vols). George Newnes , London (1919). Twenty-four parts, complete, in two volumes;
Wells, H.G. The Outline of History. Being a plain History of Life and Mankind.. MacMillan, New York (1920). Illustrated by J. F. Horrabin; 2 Volumes set
Wells, H.G. The Dream. Jonathan Cape, London (1924). First edition, second issue with leaf [A]1 mounted on a stub with lazy bookseller statement removed;
Wells, H.G. The Works. T. Fisher Unwin, London (1924). 620 copies for Great Britain and Ireland; 28 volumes; The 28 volumes comprise: (1 ) The Time Machine. The Wonderful Visit, and other stories. (2) The Island of Doctor Moreau. The Sleeper Awakes. (3) The Invisible Man. The War of the Worlds. (4) Anticipations, and other papers. (5) The Food of the Gods. The Sea Lady. (6) The First Men in the Moon, and some more human stories. (7) The Wheels of Chance. Love and Mr. Lewisham. (8) Kipps. (9) A Modern Utopia, and other discussions. (10) In the Days of the Comet, and seventeen short stories. (11) The Undying Fire, and philosophical and theological speculations. (12) Tono-Bungay. (13) Ann Veronica, and Boon. (14) The New Macchiavelli. (15) Marriage. (16) The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman. Socialism and the family. (17) The History of Mr. Polly, and Bealby. (18) The Passionate Friends, and three essays. (19) The Research Magnificent. (20) The War in the Air, and other war forebodings. (21) The World Set Free, and other war papers. (22) Mr. Britling. (23) Joan and Peter. 24. Joan and Peter (cont.). The Story of a Great Schoolmaster. (25) The Soul of a Bishop. The Secret Places of the Heart. (26) A Volume of Journalism. (27. The History of the World. (28) Men Like Gods
Wells, H.G. The Works. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1924). 28 volumes; 1050 copies
Wells, H.G. The World of William Clissold. Ernest Benn , London (1926). 3 volumes; Volume one contains books one and two, volume two contains books three and four, and volume three contains books five and six
Wells, H.G. Mr Blettsworthy on Rampole Island. Ernest Benn, London (1928). with color pictorial image to front panel by Sir William Orpen
Wells, H.G. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham. William Heinemann, , London (1930). Assisted pictorially by David low
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine.. Random House, New York (1931). 1200 copies; Illustrated by W.A. Dwiggins
Wells, H.G. The Country of the Blind. Golden Cockerel Press, London (1939). 280 copies; Illustrated with engravings by Clifford Webb