First edition, first printing. 8vo. 303pp + 16pp ads. First Issue with 16pp of ads dated "Autumn 1897". Grey boards with black lettering to spine & front board. Housed in a bespoke quarter black morocco gilt clamshell case with raised bands. A near fine copy with very clean boards - no marks or rubbing. A hint of toning to spine. Internally complete and clean with old ink name & a few small spots to endpaper. Endpapers original and unsplit. A wonderful copy of this Nineteenth century cornerstone of science fiction.
The Human Race is under threat - an army of invading Martians have landed in England; enormous three legged machines are roaming the country incinerating all that stands in their path.
Wells 14. Hammond B5. Currey (2002) p426 Cat A.