WELLS, H G. The War of The Worlds.

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WELLS, H G The War of The Worlds London, Wiliam Heinemann, 1898

8vo. Grey cloth with black lettering on front board and spine; pages untrimmed; stamped with publisher's device on lower board; pp.[8] 303 [1]; slight rubbing on edges of spine and compresison; a little discolouration to top of front board and minor corner crease; foxing on prelims; slihgtl lean to text block; otherwise very good.
First Edition, without the publisher's advertisments to rear.
"Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us"… One of the earliest novels to visualise a world in which humankind comes to battle extraterrestial forces, The War of The Worlds is arguably one of the most commerorated in the science fiction canon and relays the story of Martians invading England to take over earth,In it's imagining of a foreign invasion, it has been interpreted as a commentary on Imperialism in the late nineteenth century and its publication date is highly revlevant; 1897 was Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, provoking discusison about the state of the British Empire. War of The Worlds invents a climate in which England is the colonised and famously, one film adaptation of the novel terrified its audience who mistook it for real footage of an impending invasion.