WELLS (H.G.) Experiment in Autobiography. Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866), 2 vol., AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO ENID BAGNOLD, INSCRIBED WITH AN INK SKETCH "Oct 20-Oct 22, 1934. Enid dear Hostess H.G. Wells", the sketch, of two single beds, on the half-title of volume 1, Victor Gollancz, 1934

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WELLS (H.G.)
Experiment in Autobiography. Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866), 2 vol., AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO ENID BAGNOLD, INSCRIBED WITH AN INK SKETCH, 1934

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WELLS (H.G.)
Experiment in Autobiography. Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866), 2 vol., AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO ENID BAGNOLD, INSCRIBED WITH AN INK SKETCH "Oct 20-Oct 22, 1934. Enid dear Hostess H.G. Wells", the sketch, of two single beds, on the half-title of volume 1, photographic plates, many illustrations (mostly caricatures by Wells), publisher's cloth, spines faded, 8vo, Victor Gollancz, 1934

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  • PRESENTATION COPY TO ENID BAGNOLD, AUTHOR OF NATIONAL VELVET, INSCRIBED WITH A SKETCH IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION.

    The inscription was written during a stay made by Wells, in the company of his Russian lover Moura Budberg, at Bagnold's home at North End House, Rottingdean in October 1934. The characteristic sketch depicts two single beds, perhaps a reference to the chaste accommodation provided on this occasion by Bagnold (at this time married), or an oblique reference to a much earlier meeting between the two, when Wells had tried unsuccessfully to seduce Enid. Although some twenty years his junior, and already the lover of the notorious Frank Harris, she was at this time a great admirer of Wells' Ann Veronica (1909), a study of the liberated "New Woman". She recalled that Wells "explained to me that I was just his type. I had thought I was... But looking back and telling it again on paper makes me a little tender to that greedy little boy" (Bagnold, Autobiography (from 1889), 1969, p.131/32).
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WELLS (H.G.) Experiment in Autobiography. Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866), 2 vol., AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO ENID BAGNOLD, INSCRIBED WITH AN INK SKETCH "Oct 20-Oct 22, 1934. Enid dear Hostess H.G. Wells", the sketch, of two single beds, on the half-title of volume 1, Victor Gollancz, 1934
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