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The Invisible Man

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The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

by H.G. Wells

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The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance; C. Arthur Pearson LTD; London, 1897. FIRST EDITION; FIRST PRINTING; Half-title; title pp in orange and black with p"2" numbering 1st. page, and integral advertisement leaves at end. (A few small stains to a few leaves). Half bound (with rebacking & recorning & endpapers renewed) in gilt-ruled crushed red morocco; original red cloth front/back covers in publisher's red cloth gilt. A handsome copy of a classic horror novel written by a "father of modern horror/sci/fi" H.G. Wells.

Veering from the first person narrative perspective of his previous novels, "The Time Machine" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau", Wells adopts a third-person objective point of view The novel is considered influential for its time, and helped establish Wells as the "father of science fiction"[1]. One of the main inspirations for Wells when writing The Invisible Man was Plato's Republic, which impacted him significantly when he read it as an adolescent. The legend of the "Ring of Gyges", which appears in the second book of the Republic, posits that, if a man were made invisible and could act with impunity, he would "go about among men with the powers of a god."

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"If a man were made invisible and could act with impunity, he would "go about among men with the powers of a god." Plato's "Republic"


Invisible Man is a novel written by HG Wells, first published as a serial in  Pearson's Weekly  in 1897 before being published as a book by C. Arthur Pearson in 1897. The story follows the scientist Griffith, who through experimentation has become the Invisible Man of the title.  Griffith's initial, almost comedic, adventures are soon overshadowed by the bizarre streak of terror he unleashes upon the inhabitants of a small village, and the novel is noted for its horror, suspense and psychological nuance.


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The Invisible Man
H.G. Wells
Publisher's red cloth gilt, modern morocco rebacking and recorning (endpapers renewed)
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Used - Half Bound Very Good +
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First Edtion/First Printing
C. Arthur Pearson Limited
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Horror, Science Fiction, Novel, British

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