WELLS, H.G. The Time Machine, an Invention. New York: Henry Holt, 1895.
12mo. Half-title; frontispiece illustration; 6pp. publisher's advertisements at end. (Short marginal tear to half-title.) Original publisher's tan buckram stamped in purple (some staining to edges). Provenance: Genevieve C. Cobb (signature); Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), American Novelist (bookplate, his sale, Heritage, 9 April 2015).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the author's name misprinted "H. S. Wells" on title-page. CURREY'S BINDING A in tan buckram, rather than the red cloth found in later issues. The American edition preceded the English edition by 2 weeks.
"The Time Machine might be considered the first work of modern science-fiction, and it is still the classic statement of an important subgenre. A remarkable work, and necessary reading" (Bleiler, Science Fiction 2325). Currey p.524.