WELLS (H.G.) Kipps. The Story of a Simple Soul, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Hick, the wise phisihian fm H.G." on half-title, Macmillan, 1905

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Lot 231
WELLS (H.G.)
Kipps. The Story of a Simple Soul, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Hick, the wise phisihian fm H.G." on half-title, Macmillan, 1905

£ 1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,400 - 2,100
WELLS (H.G.)
Kipps. The Story of a Simple Soul, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "To Hick, the wise phisihian fm H.G." on half-title, occasional light spotting, advertisements (second state, dated "10.10.05") at end publisher's cloth, rubbed [Wells 26], 8vo, Macmillan, 1905

Footnotes

  • A good association copy of Kipps, described by the author as "the complete study of a life in relation to England's social condition", inscribed by Wells to his personal physician ("The wise phisihian") Henry Hick. In 1898 Wells stayed for a month with Hick at his house in New Romney, prior to moving to Sandgate near Folkestone, events which seem to exert a direct influence on the setting of Kipps. The first draft of the novel was completed in 1899, and in the opening chapter of the novel, "The Little Shop at New Romney" the eponymous hero arrives as a boy in the town (where much of the action is to take place), and at the commencement of the second chapter "Kipps left New Romney" to enter the service of at a draper's shop in Folkestone.

    Provenance: Henry Hick, gift inscription from the author; by family descent to current owner.
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