Hard Cover. London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1897. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing, with a "2" to the bottom of p. 1. Publisher's red cloth, with front board and spine stamped in gilt, and illustration of seated Invisible Man to front board. About very good, with light scratching and soiling to cloth, light toning to spine, a touch of wear to spine ends, cracked hinges and some separation between pp. 80 and 81, contemporary W. H. Smith and Sons bookseller stamp to front pastedown, and light toning to page margins. Overall, a pleasing copy of a scarce and classic H. G. Wells title. In this enormously influential science fiction novel, a man wearing heavy clothing and wrapped in bandages shows up at an inn in West Essex. His reclusiveness and eccentricity catch the attention of the villagers, and eventually, in a fit of rage, he reveals his invisibility to them. The Invisible Man, later revealed to be a former medical student whose condition is the result of a science experiment gone wrong, coerces a tramp named Thomas Marvel to become his assistant, and attempts to carry out a "reign of terror" against humanity. The Invisible Man was first published as a serial in Pearson's Weekly (1897) and was published in book form later that same year. The titular character is now regarded as one of the classic characters of horror fiction, on par with Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dorian Gray. Item #HGW018