The Workman Collection

H.G. Wells

Collection of Fiction including The War in the Air and The World Set Free

1908 - 1926

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The Workman Collection

A group of first editions by Wells.

  • Sold as a set of 7.
  • H. G. Wells (English).

In the Days of the Comet.

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1906.


Indication of a second issue.

Bound in original green cloth decoratively stamped in blind, spine gilt-lettered.

First & Last Things. A Confession of Faith and Rule of Life.

London: Archibald Constable & Co., 1908.


Bound in original blue cloth, upper cover ruled and lettered in black and spine gilt-lettered.

The War in the Air.

Illustrated by A.C. Michael (English).

London: George Bell and Sons, 1908.


16 black-and-white illustrated plates.

First edition, first issue.

Bound in original blue cloth with decorative gilt titles stamped on upper cover, titles in gilt with ornate publisher’s “bell” signet in gilt on spine.

The World Set Free. A Story of Mankind.

London: Macmillan and Co., 1914.


Bound in original green cloth upper cover and spine decoratively stamped in blind and lettered in gilt and top edge gilt.

Boon, the Mind of the Race, the Wild Asses of the Devil, and the Last Trump.

London: T. Fischer Unwin, Ltd., 1915.


First edition, first impression.

Scofield Thayer's copy.

Bound in original dark green cloth with pictorial figure stamped in gilt to upper cover, with gilt titles and illustrated motif at foot on spine, top edge gilt.

Men Like Gods.

London: Cassell and Company, 1923.


Bound in original green cloth, cover and spine decoratively stamped in blind, spine gilt-lettered, Currey's B binding with "Cassell" in blind foot of spine, in original gray dust-jacket lettered in brown.

Christina Alberta’s Father.

London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1925.


Bound in original red cloth, upper cover ruled in blind, spine gilt-lettered, in original pictorially printed jacket.

Condition Report

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In the Days of the Comet.

One or two stray spots to title.

First & Last Things.

One or two stray spots. 

Fore-edge slightly foxed.

Minor shelfwear. 

The War in the Air.

Very minor wear to extremities.

Early ownership to front free.

The World Set Free.

Toning to endpapers.

Slightly cocked.

Boon, the Mind of the Race, the Wild Asses of the Devil, and the Last Trump.

Early bookplate belonging to Thayer is laid into the front along with an early receipt from a bookseller.

Men Like Gods.

Early ownership signature to front free endpaper.

Some toning at endpapers and pastedowns from early glue.

Spine panel of jacket lightly sunned.

Christina Alberta’s Father.

Early ownership signature to half-title.

Slightly cocked, jacket price-clipped. 


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