First edition and first issue of this science fiction novel by the English writer H. G. Wells.
Reginald 15039 ; Currey, p. 520 ; Hammond B4; Wells 11; Anatomy of Wonder II-1227.
“Novel of the English writer Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), published in 1897. The young Griffin studies physics; very smart, but very poor, he discovered a way to make all tissues transparent, including living cells and he experiments his process on himself […]. This novel belongs to the wonderful series of tales by which Wells started his career as a writer. These stories were inspired by the modern science breakthroughs. The social question occupied a prominent place in the author’s mind.
Although ‘the invisible man’ is guilty of several crimes, he is the brilliant proletarian who, in the end, is more sympathetic than the shy ‘gentleman’ Kemp, secretly envious of the scientific superiority of his former comrade, and offended by his lack of education. A terrible bitterness arises in this novel: if you are poor, don’t be different from the others, don’t be smarter than the average, do not trust the rich; they will try to destroy you by all means. This novel was a great success”. (Dictionnaire des Œuvres, III, 592).
“Wells is only known in France as the author of ‘The Invisble Man’, the ‘First Men in the Moon’, ‘The Island of Doctor Moreau’, the ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘The Time Machine’, like a kind of Jules Verne but less didactic, singularly clever to draw from physics and biology the elements of a fantastic poetry. But H. G. Wells is also one of the men who dominate the British thought in the first third of the 20th century: he is, along with Kipling, and maybe Galsworthy, one of the images that England offers to the world of its intellectual life.’ (P. Nizan, Pour une nouvelle culture).
Precious copy very well preserved in the editor’s red cloth.
Rare in such condition.