WELLS (H.G.) Twelve Stories and a Dream, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Henry Hick, from his pattern patient. H.G.Wells" beside two self-portrait caricatures, showing Wells as he was in 1898 and in 1903, on the front free endpaper, Macmillan, 1903

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WELLS (H.G.)
Twelve Stories and a Dream, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Henry Hick, from his pattern patient. H.G.Wells" beside two self-portrait caricatures, showing Wells as he was in 1898 and in 1903, on the front free endpaper, Macmillan, 1903

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,600 - 8,300
WELLS (H.G.)
Twelve Stories and a Dream, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Henry Hick, from his pattern patient. H.G.Wells" beside two self-portrait caricatures, showing Wells as he was in 1898 and in 1903, on the front free endpaper, half-title, publisher's catalogue at the end (dated 20.09.03), publisher's cloth, rubbed [Wells 23], 8vo, Macmillan, 1903

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  • PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED WITH TWO CARICATURE SELF-PORTRAITS.

    In July 1898 Wells fell seriously ill during a cycling tour in Southern England, but managed to make his way to Dr. Henry Hick at New Romney in Kent. Hick, a childhood friend and correspondent of novelist George Gissing, was medical officer of health for Romney Marsh. Writing in Experiment in Autobiography (1934) Wells recalled that "Hick was a good man at diagnosis and he did me well. An operation seemed indicated and he put me to bed and starved me down to make the trouble more accessible to the scalpel, but when the surgeon came from London it was decided that the offending kidney had practically taken itself off and that there was nothing left to remove. Thereupon I began to recover...". Wells recuperated in Hick's home throughout August, during which time Henry James and Edmund Gosse paid a visit, and Wells became godfather to Hick's daughter Marjory, for whose amusement he wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Tommy (subsequently published in 1929). On leaving, still largely confined to a wheelchair, Wells moved at Hick's advice to nearby Sandgate, his permanent home until 1909. During this time Hick continued as both his doctor, and close friend, the amusing caricature (or "picshua" as Wells termed them) in the present book demonstrating Wells' gratitude towards him for restoring him to good health.

    Provenance: Henry Hick, gift inscription from the author; thence by descent to the present owner. See illustration on preceding page.
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