Kipps. The Story of a Simple Soul. H. G. WELLS, Herbert George.

Kipps. The Story of a Simple Soul.

London: Macmillan, 1905. FIRST EDITION IN RARE VARIANT BINDING. Octao, pp. 425; [2] (blank); 32, publisher's catalogue, dated 20.8.1909. Bound in pale green cloth, heavily gilt decorated to spine with repetitive H.G. Wells monogram alternating with a floral device. Light edgespotting else fine. The story concerns a draper's assistant who inherits a fortune. This binding matches exactly that of a first edition of Wells' earlier book 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' [Ex Pat McInally Collection], described as a trial binding; these are clearly publisher's bindings and carry their imprint to foot of backstrip, but given that our copy has particularly late ads, this can not be a trial or advance binding; moreover with the presence of the author's monogram initials to the spine we would suggest this may be a presentation binding of some kind. What is certain, however is that it is a scarce variant cloth- being only the second copy we have noted to date. Item #34716

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