WELLS, H. G. (author). Love And Mr. Lewisham.

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WELLS, H. G. (author). Love And Mr. Lewisham. London; Harper & Brothers Publishers. 1900.

Thick 8vo. Original olive green cloth decorated with a repeating flower head pattern in gilt, and lettered gilt, to spine, top edges olivine, others untrimmed; pp. [vi] + 323 + 40, (publisher's catalogue, dated November 1902); a good sound copy with bruising to spine ends, some dulling to spine gilt, light rubbing to joints and corners, a few pale flecks to covers and some foxing to untrimmed lower edges of book block, internally clean.
First UK edition, later issue, with 1902 advertisements bound at the rear and presented in green cloth, gilt, echoing the US binding, rather than the usual UK binding of plain red cloth.
Well received by the critics and public on publication this departure from Wells' science fiction writings is equally well regarded by modern day commentators. Set in the 1880s, the character of Mr. Lewisham is based on Wells himself, with the two sharing the same background story. The character makes his appearance as an 18-year-old assistant master at a country school and then as a teacher in training in his third year at the Normal School of Science, in South Kensington, under the tutelage of T.H. Huxley (known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his staunch defense of evolutionary theory). These mirror Wells' own experiences.