Item #HGW016 The First Men in the Moon. H. G. Wells, Herbert George.

The First Men in the Moon

Hard Cover. London: George Newnes, 1901. First Edition. Very Good.


Illustrated with twelve plates by Claude Shepperson. First edition, first state with black coated endpapers. Publisher's original blue cloth, front board and spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Very good or better, with light wear to spine ends and joints, mild toning to spine, and corners lightly bumped and worn. Overall, a firm and attractive copy. In this science fiction classic, eccentric scientist Mr. Cavor and desperate businessman Mr. Bedford use the former's gravity-negating invention to launch themselves into space and onto the moon. The two are captured by a group of "Selenites" (strange five-feet tall insectoids) and taken beneath the surface of the moon, where there exists an elaborate and technologically advanced society. The First Men in the Moon was likely an inspiration for the first science fiction film ever, A Trip to the Moon (1902). The book itself was influenced by Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1865), though Verne expressed public displeasure at the fact that Wells' method for space travel in the book was entirely fictional. The First Men in the Moon is one of Wells' early science fiction classics, published in the same six-year span as The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).


Item #HGW016

Price: $800.00