New York (and London): Macmillan and Co., 1895. Original olive green cloth elaborately decorated in white and lettered in gilt.
First American Edition of Wells's second novel, a strange tale that "originated in a remark attributed to John Ruskin, that if an angel came to earth most Englishmen would simply want to bag it as a new species of bird" [D. Smith]. Wells used this device of a visiting angel to make some satirical observations on English society; he would later do much the same but with a mermaid instead, in THE SEA LADY. Prior to 1895, Wells had published only two works, both academic; however, in 1895 he exploded upon the literary scene with, in rapid succession, SELECT CONVERSATIONS WITH AN UNCLE, his first novel THE TIME MACHINE, THE WONDERFUL VISIT and the collection THE STOLEN BACILLUS.
This is a near-fine copy, with only a little of the almost-unavoidable erosion of the white decoration pigment. In our experience, this American edition is scarcer than Dent's UK edition. See Currey p. 527 and Wells Soc. 5 and Hammond B2. Item #14669