New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1924. First Collected Edition, Limited to 1050 copies, this being one of the 50 sets for Presentation (Volume 12 is from numbered set 360) as indicated on the limitation page with the handwritten statement "This is one of the fifty sets for presentation" SIGNED by H.G. Wells in Volume 1. 27 (of 28) volumes, lacking Volume 2. 8vo. Various paginations. Half-titles, photogravure frontispiece in each volume with tissue guards. Introduction; preface in each volume. Three quarter blue morocco with gilt ruling, decoration & lettering; TEG; marbled endpapers (different endpaper in Volume 12). Small owner bookplate in each volume (except Volume 12); remnant of bookplate removal in Volume 1; small circular white spot on front cover of Volume 1; small scrape to front cover of Volume 4; else a uniformly near fine set, albeit lacking one volume. Item #19674
The best and most desirable edition of Wells's works, with his own revisions to the texts. Well's most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds and the military science fiction The War in the Air. Wells was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.