New York: The Century Co., 1906. Original dark blue cloth pictorially decorated in light blue and black.
First American Edition of this novel published during Wells's transition from his early science fiction titles to his later socialistic titles: a comet passes very close to Earth and thereby causes a "Great Change" in society. Wells received some flak for including sexual freedom in this "great change." This U.S. edition is sought partly for its pictorial binding designed by (and signed by) Decorative Designers: a crowd of people watches a swirling sky on the front cover, and a comet shoots across the spine.
As with all other copies we have handled, the title page is a cancel leaf. This is a handsome, close-to-fine copy (spine very slightly faded, just a hint of rubbing at the very tips). See Wells Soc. 27 and Hammond B10. Item #15040