INSCRIBED BY H.G. WELLS TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND AND SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR RICHARD GREGORY
WELLS, H.G. The Bulpington of Blup. London: Hutchinson, (1932). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $900.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by H.G. Wells at the top of the contents page to his close friend and advisor Richard Arman Gregory, "To R.A. Gregory. From H.G." With a laid-in brief typed note on the publisher's letterhead presenting this volume "With the author's compliments."
"The story of a weakling, inwardly treacherous as well as temperamentally indecisive, who is contrasted with another young man whose interests are mainly scientific" (H.G. Wells Society 117). In Currey's binding A, with pictorial endpapers, priority probable; with 40-page publisher's catalogue at rear, no priority established. Currey, 416. Hammond A23. Inscribed to noted British scientist and Wells' lifelong friend Sir Richard Arman Gregory. In Wells' first work of fiction, he dedicated the work to Gregory as his "dearest friend." The two met while students at the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. They jointly authored a textbook, Honours Physiography, in 1891. Reportedly, Gregory was the one person with whom Wells never quarreled. A professor of astronomy, Gregory also possessed expertise in physics, chemistry and other disciplines; he wrote several textbooks and eventually assumed the editorship of the journal Nature, to which Wells frequently contributed. The author often turned to Gregory, and to the experts Gregory contacted on Wells' behalf, for insight and encouragement when writing his famous "scientific romances." After Wells' death, Gregory worked to establish the H.G. Wells Memorial to preserve public attention to his friend's body of work. Throughout his life Gregory was a passionate advocate for science—"It is necessary to believe in the holiness of scientific work," he once declared—and "an optimist about man's future" (Horrabin, in New Scientist, April 11, 1957).
Cloth spine faded; dust jacket with shallow chipping, toning to spine, closed tears to spine edges. An extremely good inscribed presentation copy.