'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.'

    — H. G. Wells (1898), The War of the Worlds


H.G. Wells is considered one of the fathers of science fiction and certainly ‘The War of the Worlds’ verifies that by being one of the most popular novels written having never being out of print since publication and spawning a number of films, tv series, an album (brilliantly done), plays adaptions and of course radio series. Wells himself led a very , one might say colourful life, and he is noted for stating that his epitaph should be: "I told you so. You damned fools”.


A special mention at this point - Jeff Wayne’s musical version of Wells’ classic is probably the single most influential reason for our passion of SF. We so fondly remember listening to the album and reading the lyrics in the booklet that came with the double album (back in 1978 folks), not to mention the great art particularly Geoff Taylor’s paintings

H.G. Wells:

Ok, back to the books:

Here we have the Easton Press deluxe illustrated edition which is a fitting tribute to this great story.

Easton Press hardcover

Easton Press hardcover

Easton Press hardcover

Easton Press hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells; a classic work of early science fiction that remains one of the author’s most disturbing and unforgettable novels. When Edward Prendick is rescued from a shipwreck, he is left on a nearby island and soon discovers the home of the depraved Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist conducting unspeakable animal experiments with hideous, human-like results.


While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, Wells’s haunting vision raised ethical questions more than a century before our time. Originally published in 1896, Wells’s story reflects the scientific controversies disrupting the societal norm in the late 1800s, including increased opposition to animal vivisection and growing discussion of Darwinism and the degeneration of the human race.


With The Island of Doctor Moreau published just one year after his first novel, The Time Machine, H.G. Wells was creating new worlds for which he would become known as one of the founding fathers of the science fiction genre. Moreau is the earliest example of what would become a popular science fiction motif called “uplift,” in which a more advanced race interferes with the evolution of the animal species to bring the latter to a higher level of intelligence.


With its themes of cruelty, moral responsibility, and man’s interference with nature, The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of Wells’s most important and thought-provoking explorations on what makes us human.


ARTIST EDITION


6” x 9” trim size.

240 Pages.

Limited to 1000 copies.

Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.

Two-hits foil stamping.

Six full color illustrations by Benz and Chang.

Dust jacket featuring wraparound artwork by Benz and Chang (the only edition featuring the dust jacket).

New exclusive foreword by Megan Shepherd.

Afterword by Adam Roberts.

Signed by Benz and Chang.

Housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.

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We also have a copy of the Numbered edition of 350 copies in a quarter cloth binding with Japanese cloth boards. The cover is foil stamped in gold and endsheets are custom designed for this edition. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via, and is housed in a cloth covered slipcase. It is signed by Megan Shepherd, Adam Roberts & Benz and Chang.