London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1928. First Edition. Wells discusses his thoughts on creating a utopian society, one in which he attempts to show how political, social, and religious differences could be reconciled, resulting in a more unified, inter-cooperating human race. "This book states as plainly as possible the essential ideas of my life, the pespective of my world" (from preface). The UK edition is uncommon, and particularly desirable for its attractive futurist-designed dustjacket. A significant association copy. NEGLEY 1182; SARGENT p.94. Item #3879
First Impression. Octavo (19cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in orange on spine; dustjacket; 156pp. Inscribed by the author to his son, George Philip Wells, on the half-title page: "Gip / from his prosaic but excellent Father." Moderate offsetting to endpapers, some dust-soil to upper edge of textblock, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 5/- net), gently spine-sunned, with some trivial dustiness; Near Fine. Laid into this copy is a typed postcard from the secretary of The Journalists' Board, soliciting books for a special sale in order to raise funds for the Oak Hill Home for Journalists, to be held in the Ballroom of the Lyceum Club in Picadilly. Addressed to Mrs. Robbins (Amy Catherine "Jane" Robbins), Wells' second wife (and Gip's mother), who died from cancer the year prior to this volume being published.