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Book Description
First edition, first printing, with publisher’s adverts dated 1.09. Top edge gilt. Bound in green cloth, with gilt lettering on spine and front cover. Year of publication lightly underlined in pen on title page. Some light foxing on fore and bottom edges and slight fading on the spine o/w a Near Fine copy.
Dealer Notes
Lord Richard Burdon Haldane (1856-1928) is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest War Ministers, and served as Lord Chancellor from 1912 until he was hounded from office in 1915 as a result of false press allegations relating to his supposed German sympathies. Wells and Haldane knew each other through the Coefficients dining club, set up by Sidney and Beatrice Webb as a forum for British socialist reformers and imperialists of the Edwardian era; and their shared interest in aviation research which led indirectly to the formation of the Royal Flying Corps. In fact, Wells greatly admired Haldane’s work as Secretary of State for War between 1905 and 1912. However, despite dedicating his 1915 novel Bealby: A Holiday, to Hadane (Lord Moggeridge, in the novel) and claiming in the preface that his book's Lord Chancellor was not "meant for him [Haldane]", in fact it was meant for Haldane, and Wells mocked him in its pages as the “luminously incomprehensible… [who was] a fluent Hegelian [and] spent his holidays, it was understood, in the Absolute – at any rate in Germany.” An interesting association.
Author H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells
Publisher London: MacMillan 1909

Price: £750.00

Offered by William Cowan

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