London: William Heinemann, 1898. First edition. An excellent, Near Fine copy of Wells' famous science fiction thriller. First state with the publisher's monogram on the rear board and the correct 16-page publisher's autumn 1897 catalogue at the rear. Completely unrestored, with very few faults to speak of.
Throughout his career, Wells was fascinated with man's role in the universe, and about the potential benefits and downfalls that emerged from scientific advancement. Among his novels, The War of the Worlds was groundbreaking and is viewed as one of his best. Considered one of the earliest stories of extraterrestrial life, The War of the Worlds used alien life as a metaphor for colonization and evolution. From its first release, the book captured the Victorian imagination, and it has remained a success; to date it has never been out of print. “ A true classic that has pointed the way not only for science fiction writers, but for how we as a civilization might think of ourselves” (The Guardian). Near Fine (Item #2359)