New York: Duffield & Company, 1910. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. First American Edition, preceding the British Edition. First issue without the Lewes and James quote on the title page and with the title page integral [Currey Issue A]. Octavo, original red cloth titled in gilt on spine and front panel. 490 pp. Heraldic bookplate of George H. Folger on front paste-down, with a neat inscription "À G.H.F. de G.F Dec 25, 1912" in ink on front free endpaper. Small bookseller's ticket of "Chas. E. Lauriat Co., Importers & Booksellers, 385 Wash'n St. Boston" to lower edge of front free endpaper. Small mark to front panel, hairline crack to inner front hinge, a near fine copy, and scarce thus. Fine. Item #311587
¶ A novel of politics and sex, "Wells's most autobiographical novel". Originally serialised in The English Review in 1910, its plot was notoriously derived from Wells's affair with Amber Reeves and satirised Beatrice and Sidney Webb. It was "the literary scandal of its day"