Hutchinson & Co., Ltd., London, 1933. [Fantasy novel] FIRST EDITION. Large octavo (22 x 16cm), pp.xii; 13-432; 12, advertisements. Elegantly hand-bound in blue half calf leather, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, buckram sides, publisher's original cloth spine bound in at rear. Slight toning to page edges; externally unmarked. 'The Shape of Things to Come' is one of the last works of science fiction by Wells, which speculates on future events from 1933 until the year 2106. The author creates a framing device by claiming that the book is his edited version of notes written by an eminent diplomat, Dr Philip Raven, who had been having dream visions of a history textbook published in 2106, and wrote down what he could remember of it. In the book Wells successfully predicted the Second World War, which he envisaged dragging on into the 1960s, being finally ended only by a devastating plague that almost destroys civilisation! Item #53588
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