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1 Wells, H. G. The Adventures of Tommy
London Goerge G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 4to 11" - 13" tall 
44 & 1 pages; Publisher's binding: tan cloth spine over yellow tan boards with lettering and a pictorial design in black. This is the first British trade edition, following a limited edition issued in 1928. The charming book relates the story of a young boy who rescues a very wealthy man and is rewarded with an elephant. Wells' drawings, all in colors, are accompanied by his the story in his own hand (in facsimile), the story is also offered in letter-press on facing pages. Well's manuscript, so cleverly reproducing in this edition, had a most interesting genesis. An illness in 1898 left him confined to a wheelchair. Wells became godfather to the daughter, Marjory, of his physician, Dr. Hicks. While the author was confined and recovering, he made this little story and its wonderful drawings into a unique booklet for Marjory. In subsequent yearsm when she money for medical training, Marjory asked Wells's permission to sell the story, and it was duly published for her benefit in 1928 and 1929. This copy lacks the dust jacket, but is in very good condition. The edges of the boards are very moderately toned, with a just barely detectable group of water spots at the upper corner of the top board. There are faint marks to the free endpapers, marking where the flaps of the dust jacket once were. Otherwise, clean and tight. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 34.95 USD
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