London: William Heinemann, 1898. [Science fiction] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.viii; 303; ; [16 of publisher's advertisements dated Autumn 1897]. Publisher's grey cloth, titled in black to spine and upper. The first issue with the correct advertisements bound in at the rear. Some spotting to preliminaries and end matter, occasional marks, some leaves of the advertisements crudely opened, hinges sound but endpapers split along the gutter. Cloth a little rubbed to extremities, corners slightly bumped and spine ends pushed, a few small marks to boards. An excellent copy. Very good. A science fiction classic; giant Martian tripods bringing destruction and mayhem to Surrey - what more can mankind ask for? Also the source material for the Jeff Wayne musical, originally featuring the mellifluous baritone of Richard Burton. Item #51291
Geoffrey H. Wells (14). Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature . Shorter New Cambridge Bibliography (Eng.Lit.) 1293-8. Listed in Modern Library's Top 100 Novels , also in '100 Books That Shaped World History' [Raftery, 2002].
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