London: William Heinemann, 1895. First edition, first issue. Among the numerous contributions Wells made to the evolution of science fiction, The Time Machine is especially noteworthy, as it is one of the earliest books to explore the subject of time travel. The story itself is quite well-known—a machine is invented that enables travel to the year 802,701 AD, in which humankind has evolved into two distinctly separate groups—and this familiarity owes much to its film adaptations over the years. Light soiling and toning to spine of decorated oatmeal cloth, upper corner bumped, else a fine copy of a book that is seldom encountered thus. Item #18647
(Barron 1-103; Wells Society 4).