The Time Machine by H.G. Wells - Numbered Edition
Publication: Spring 2020
Considered the greatest science-fiction novel of all time, The Time Machine is a seminal moment in the history of English literature. A dazzling display of new thought that has been endlessly copied since its release in 1895, its title alone – a phrase coined by Wells as a device for traveling backwards or forwards through time – has become part of the cultural lexicon. When an English Scientist, known only as The Time Traveller, invents a machine that can travel through time, he finds himself in a distant future inhabited by a mellow race of humans called the Eloi. The Time Traveller will soon discover, however, that they are not the only race left on Earth. The Time Machine remains one of the most important novels of the 19th century.
The Time Machine will mark the first in a three-book set of H.G. Wells novels. Originality was Wells’s calling card. The author’s ability to, as historian John Higgs notes “create wholly original stories out of thin air” culminated in a three-year span in which he produced three of his most influential works; what Wells referred to as “scientific romance novels.” The Time Machine, followed by The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds are editions uniquely crafted and designed to breathe new life into some of the greatest stories ever told. Additionally, each book includes special curated bonus material to create a truly unique set of these beloved novels.
The Time Machine features an exclusive introduction by Simon Wells, great-grandson of H.G. Wells, and director of the 2002 film adaptation. The edition includes “The Chronic Argonauts,” an 1888 short story by H.G. Wells which the author refers to as, “the original draft of what became The Time Machine.” Also included is the long-lost eleventh chapter, “The Grey Man,” published during the novel’s serialization in the January to May issues of The New Review, excised from the first book edition published later that year.
- 6” x 9” trim size.
- Rounded smyth-sewn binding.
- Quarter cloth binding with custom designed paper boards printed letterpress.
- Two-hits stamping on spine.
- Introduction by Simon Wells, great-grandson of H.G. Wells, and director of the 2002 film adaptation.
- Six ink illustrations by Florian Bertmer printed letterpress along with the text.
- Signed by Simon Wells and Florian Bertmer.
- Hahnemühle Bugra endpapers.
- Printed letterpress on Mohawk Via paper.
- Two color printing on title page.
- Housed in a custom designed paper covered slipcase.
- Limited to 250 copies.
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2019 by Florian Bertmer
Paul has done it again. I was able to snag a "damaged" copy and boy the damage is minimal and the book is phenomenal. And all of the extras! Can't wait to dig into those. And these Suntup books are for me forever. I don't ever plan on selling them so a little damage for me is nothing for this beautiful book on my shelf with all my other Suntup books!
As a young boy, I devoured Sci-Fi novels with a voracious appetite, from the androids of Asimov through the hi-jinks of Heinlein, to the zeitgeist of Zelazny I loved them all. Truly classic science fiction, written in a time where technology had really only begun to find its feet, was to me, the most interesting of all. HG Wells’ superb novels written in the Victorian world of Gentlemen's clubs, smoking jackets and leather Chesterfield Sofa’s is breathtaking in its visions of alternate societies and underlying message of socialism and class inequality.
This Suntup edition (of which I am lucky to own both Numbered and Lettered copies) is once again a delight to own, touch, display and god forgive me, actually read. There is nothing like turning a letter pressed page and feeling the slight indentation of the type as you do so. Paul Suntup has one again used high quality materials in all aspects of the binding, covering and enclosure and as you explore the books further, you will find small elements of detail that will amaze you time and time again.
I cannot wait to add the other volumes to what will be the pinnacle of set of H.G. Wells works.
The materials, design, art, and extra content make this edition the best way to experience Wells' visionary work. Included in this edition is the short story The Chronic Argonauts which served as a precursor to The Time Machine, but in many ways it's even better than the novel it inspired. And The Gray Man is the original and superior chapter 11. Both are well worth reading!
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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells - Numbered Edition
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