London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1897. [Speculative fiction] FIRST EDITION, first Issue. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.[viii]; 246;  advertisements. With page 1 incorrectly numbered as 2. Publisher's pictorial red cloth titled in gilt to spine and upper with vignette in black to upper. Contents toned as usual, a few small closed tears to the edges of a couple of pages. Some remains of a label to pastedown. Textblock shaken with some splitting to hinges. Cloth rubbed to extremities, darkened to spine, some marks and soiling. Very good. A sound and affordable copy of Wells' classic sci-fi novella; a commentary on the misuse of science for selfish ends - the famous story of a scientist who tampers with nature in his pursuit of superhuman powers. Item #55757
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