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Wells, H.G.
JOAN AND PETER. THE STORY OF AN EDUCATION. NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY, 1918
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Wells, H.G.
JOAN AND PETER. THE STORY OF AN EDUCATION. NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY, 1918
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,250 GBP
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Wells, H.G.
JOAN AND PETER. THE STORY OF AN EDUCATION. NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY, 1918
8vo (187 x 128mm.), first American edition, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ("To Mathilde Meyer | from | H.G. Wells | grateful as ever | for two well taught | sons | Xmas 1918") on half-title, original red cloth, blue and cream dust-jacket, some slight wear to edges of red cloth, jacket missing small piece along edge of lower flap and with a few small nicks and one closed tear
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Catalogue Note

Fraulein Mathilda M. Meyer was a Swiss governess hired by the author's wife Jane in October 1908 to give their two sons Gip and Frank lessons in English, French and German. She was employed for five years and later wrote an enthusiastic and perhaps over-flattering account of Wells and his household, but one which nonetheless is a valuable record of Wells' home-life in the years leading up to the First World War. It was during this period that Wells developed the 'Floor Games' which he played with his sons and sometimes even visitors, leading to a book of the same name published in 1911. These games, and Wells' account of them, have enjoyed a new vogue recently among child psychologists as an authentic form of non-verbal psychotherapy.

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