Dwiggins, W.A. Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1931. Near Fine.
Designed and illustrated by William Addison Dwiggins. New edition. Publisher's quarter black cloth and illustrated paper-covered boards, lettered in gilt to spine, printed on laid paper; in the original pale gray slipcase. A near fine copy with a touch of rubbing to extremities, hinge cracked but holding at p. 8; slipcase near fine with some toning to extremities. Overall, a beautiful copy of this newly illustrated edition. First published in 1895, The Time Machine is a science fiction novella that tells the story of an English scientist and inventor who discovers a way to travel through time, ending up nearly a million years into the future and surrounded by unfamiliar beings. Notably, the story was the first to popularize the idea of a time machine, specifically, a contraption or vehicle that could be used to allow its operator to travel to a specific time in the past or future. The Time Machine has been adapted into three feature films of the same name, the first in 1960, and the most recent in 2002. William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956) was an American type designer, illustrator, and calligrapher credited with establishing the term "graphic design" as it is used today, and drastically improving methods of book design and production in the 1920s and '30s. A colleague of Frederic Goudy, Dwiggins designed numerous typefaces, the most famous of which are Electra and Caledonia, both serif typefaces used primarily in linotype book production. As an illustrator, Dwiggins use of contrasting colors and simplified shapes reflects a modernizing society, and an effort to bring a sense of art to the production of books.