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    H. G. Wells. The Island of Doctor Moreau. London: [1896]. First edition.

    More Information: H. G. Wells. The Island of Doctor Moreau. London: William Heinemann, [1896]. First edition. Octavo. 4, 219, [5], [32, publisher's advertisements] pages. Frontispiece. Publisher's full tan cloth, Currey A priority with publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear, spine lettered in black, front stamped in red and black; bottom edge trimmed, others untrimmed. Spine skewed; spine ends just barely pushed with a trace of wear; slight wear along joints; general, mild soiling to boards; minor shelf wear to board edges; corners bumped. Normal mild age dulling to edges (less so to interior) of text block; top and fore-edges a bit frayed from rough opening; front hinge partially and rear hinge fully split, both still sound; previous owner signature and bookplate to front free endpaper, label removed from upper corner of front pastedown offsett onto facing page; faint thumbsoilng scattered occasionally throughout at margins. Very good. Housed in custom green cloth chemise in one-quarter green morocco book-backed slipcase. "Wells emphasizes... that only a fragile shell of civilization restrains humanity from its natural bestiality. This thrust undercuts the long-time romantic idealization of the natural man"--Barron, Anatomy of Wonder, 1-100. Currey, p. 520; Hammond B3. From the Glynn and Suzanne Crain Collection.

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