H.G Wells Rare Books And Memorabilia

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H.G Wells Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the English science fiction writer H.G Wells.

Brief history/biography

Herbert George Wells (commonly known as H.G. Wells) was born on September 21st, 1866 and died on August 13th, 1946.

Wells was an English author best known for writing science fiction novels, and some of his most notable work includes The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), When the Sleeper Wakes (1899), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The Sleeper Awakes (1910), to name a few.

Wells also penned various non-fiction books (such as This Misery of Boots (1907), Floor Games (1911), New Worlds for Old (1913), and Russia in the Shadows (1920), short stories, film stories, and articles.

Types of H.G Wells Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) which was also inscribed by Wells and presented to his father for $31,070 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of The First Men in the Moon (1901) which was inscribed by Wells to Henry James for $28,680 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of The War of the Worlds (1898) which was also inscribed by Wells to J.F. Sullivan for $23,900 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of The Time Machine: An Invention (1895) for $12,000 in June of 2005.

Christie's in London sold:

  • A first edition copy of The Time Machine, an Invention (1895) which was also inscribed by Wells for £15,000 in June of 2008.
  • A first edition copy of The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) which was also inscribed by Wells to M.C. Robbins for £15,000 in June of 2008.
  • A first edition copy of The First Men in the Moon (1901) which was also inscribed by Wells for £11,875 in June of 2008.

  • Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold the first English edition copy of The Time Machine: An Invention (1895) for $22,500 in December of 2009.

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a first edition copy of When the Sleeper Wakes (1899) which was presented and inscribed by Wells to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for $27,600 in April of 2004, and a first American edition copy of The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance (1897) for $25,200 in April of 2004.

Posters

  • Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a one-sheet poster of the film adaptation of Things To Come (1936) which includes cartoon drawings of the film's lead actors for $30,000 in August of 2008.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Time Machine: An Invention (1895), The First Men in the Moon (1901) and The War of the Worlds (1898) are considered to be the most valuable.

Very few one-sheet posters of the film adaptation of Things to Come (1936) are known to exist, thus are considered to be extremely rare.

Memorabilia that is signed by Wells is also considered valuable.

Restoration of a first edition copy of Wells' books or a film poster is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find H.G. Wells memorabilia, visit www.hgwellsusa.50megs.com.

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