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Discovery of the Future. A Discourse Delivered to the Royal Institution on January 24, 1902.

WELLS H. G. (1902)

£250.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First edition. Small 8vo., original blue cloth, lettered in gilt. London, T. Fisher Unwin Ltd.

Inscribed by the author on the front blank: "Mrs. Sidney Webb, from H.G. Wells". An excellent copy. Wells was close to both Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and was a member of the dining circle "The Co-Efficients". In an unusually poetic phrase, David Smith writes of "an air of attraction between Beatrice and H.G., a sort of sexual mist which overlays the paper today." The relationship suffered very badly in a feud over the direction of the Fabian Society, and Wells went to war with the Webbs by portraying them in his autobiographical novel The New Machiavelli, published in 1911. Webb and Wells were reconciled in the end, Wells acknowledging in 1936 that "we wasted too much energy upon mere differences ... that would have been better spent, perhaps, on aggressive attackes on the fundamental enemy."

Stock Code: 137806