London: George Bell and Sons, 1908. [Scientific romance] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 15cm), pp.viii; 389; . With 16 black and white half-tone plates, including a frontispiece, after illustrations by Michaels. Late twentieth century blue full morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spine, and a gilt facsimile autograph stamped to upper board. Light blue endpapers, with the original publisher's cloth from the upper board and spine bound in at rear. Fore and lower edges untrimmed. Lightly browned with occasional spotting; more so to preliminaries. Light sunning to spine; a little light wear to binding. Very good. In this novel Wells imagines the changes in geopolitical warfare brought about by aircraft, when whole cities can be destroyed remotely by bombardment. The story follows Bert Smallways, who is, by a series of somewhat unbelievable coincidences, a witness to all the most important military conflicts and returns. The story is narrated by an omniscient figure, reporting the story as history -- the novel thus qualifies as both a future history, and now as an alternative history. Item #53390
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